Whereas it was proposed that the northern Rhodesia shall become an independent sovereign state to be known as the republic of Zambia. Citation and commencement This agreement may be cited as the Barotseland Agreement and shall come into force on the day on which Northern Rhodesia, including Barotseland, becomes the independent sovereign Republic of Zambia. The Constitution of Zambia The constitution of the republic of Zambia shall include the provisions agreed upon for the inclusion herein at the constitutional conference held in London in May, relating to:- a the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of the individual; b the judiciary; and c the public service and those provisions shall have full force and effect in Barotseland. Administration of Justice 1 Subject to the provisions of this Agreement, the people of Barotseland shall be accorded the same rights of access to the high court of the republic of Zambia as are accorded to other citizens of the Republic under the laws for the time being in force in the Republic and a judge or judges of the high court selected from among the judges who normally sit in Lusaka shall regularly proceed on circuit in Barotseland at each intervals as the due administration of justice may require. The Litunga and His Council 1 The government of the republic of Zambia will accord recognition as such to the person who is for the time The Litunga of Barotseland under the customary law of Barotseland. Land 1 In relation to land in Barotseland the arrangements set out in the annex hereto shall have effect.
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What do our Lozi brothers and sister want? There is no clause in the document above which states Barotseland should be an independent state seperate from the rest of Zambia. As a Namibia, Caprivian with relatives from Barotseland. Instead of Barotseland to be indepedent, more development must go to that side of the country jst to restore hope to the people of the western pronvince.
For the sake of peace and tranquility of africans, its high time you look for a leader from your area to lead Zambia. Good to learn about the article. Let us adhere and develop Barotseland. No need to politicise the issue. Develop schools, hospitals, roads, agriculture, etc. There was a great neglect need to improve. No 1 and 2, we normally tell you to read the document, but you dont want.
Its true there is nowhere it is indiicated abt cessesion. But the issue that you have to knw is that before that Barotseland waz a separated state. How can they explain this if they are not given platform to air their views but instead they are charged with treason. But the Government is building schools everywhere, constructing roads everywhere, am sure Barotseland is part of this development. We need to be careful about this issue.
Points: 1. The general populace of Western Province is crying for development from Government. This is true for all the provinces. Lets face, Development needs to be applied to the whole country especially rural areas.
Lets serious develop agric,tourism,manufacturing etc 2. The Litunga and BRE seem to have distanced themselves from their people and the locals have lost confidence in them. The Litunga by Lozi culture does not mingle with the common man, people rarely see him. People even under the current arrangement, the Litunga could have used his influence to bring investment to the province like Chief Mukuni.
Some issues raised in the agreement may have been diluted by the local govt ammendments some legal mind can help here. Among other issues, one may ask: Where is the Barotse Native Treasury? What empowerment has been done so far in line with the agreement? Above all was it even respected?
Thankyou for publishing the document LT. I shall take time to study it in detail. Otherwise, as far as I can see in chapter 10, all parties seemed to have agreed to revoke all previous agreements in the time foregoing Northern Rhodesia and Barotseland for the common interest of building a single nation we now call Zambia.
Kaunda is liable of the mongu confusion. It is shocking Kaunda has kept quiet on the BA without telling the nation the truth, and yet is the one who signed it. Shame to our leaders for not making the BA public especially in school books.
The Litunga is far away from his people. Our brothers and sisters have been killled, many injured and many in custody. What kind of leader is he. Y is he silent and his minions the BRE, the kuta and the mulongwanji. The BRE doesnt represent our people but the afairs of the Litunga and his family. All they say is we are distanting ourselves. Our people need to be heard but not to separate.
The Litunga is enjoying but few metres from his Palace people feed on mangoes that is y he doesnt care. What has been happening is that the GRZ has appeased the Litunga and the Lozi royals with high level appointments, scholarships etc. The common man has not benefited in these arrangements hence the problems we are witnessing.
This issue must be addressed in the national context other than Western Province alone. Suppose we were to witness rapid development in Western province. The other provinces especially where there are a lot of mineral resources shall complain. Imagine how many people have not read this in Zambia compared to Lets create a reading culture please and let development be seen everywhere no only along the line of rail.
I agree with you Namakau, but what i have just done is to phone my brothers and sisters back home not to involve themselves in this issue coz the Litunga is a puppet of the government as long as he is given money for Koumboka Ceremony, scholaship to take his family abroad, u think he can listen to what his people are saying.
Youths you will just die for nothing you dont have a king, but the government rep. This is very similar to the New Zealand Treaty of Waitangi The mixed people of the Western Province of Zambia may have a bone of contention with the Lusaka government here. But, the question is: who manages the Barotse Native Treasury and from where does it get its income? In the days of UNIP, Lozi people were part and parcel of government, indeed some occupied the two most senior posts after the President.
One Yeta was the most senior civil servant in Eastern Province! No one is blameless. Thank you LT, this is a scoop! It is surprising that the lawyers at a famous Zambian tabloids could not do this! Thanks Lusaka Times for the document. It has given a lot of insight to many people. Zambia needs development everywhere. We still have many places that are extremely under developed. It is also important for the natives of these areas to assist in development.
I can imagine if all the retired people had to go back to their land. Zambia would probably have an even development rather concentrate in Lusaka and copper-belt. Yes, tax the local people and raise enough revenue to build Universities and fund other developmental projects.
How I wish we also had copper! Right now, even as this document is before our eyes, I can bet my bottom dollar that there are some bloggers here who have started commenting even before they read it and some have just read the headline paragraphs and others have read but cannot make head or tails of it and will still go on to talk about it!
The world needs intellectuals to bring out truths in small bites for the rest of us to understand. It would be nice if some lawyers can just distil this document for Zambians. Look at the Lewanikas, Winas, Nakatindis and all those who have direct links are silent over the issue. What is the reason? The answer is simply, they are eating with any government that comes into power. Am Lozi, but am flexed by the stance of the so called BRE.
Who are they representing if i may ask. The document is real and true. Lets keep on debating abt this issue, the truth will prevail. We know in our culture that the Litunga shouldnt tok, but we know that he speaks through the Ngambela and the BRE. But this so called BRE is very weak.
People are really annoyed abt their relatives in custody. The BRE hasnt commented anything. Are we sure this was the final document. None of the parties have signed anywhere. This copy seems like a draft to me. I admit my ignorance too…can some post or provide a link as to where the map of Barotse Land can be viewed?
Both sides are eyeing the copperbelt im sure. Whoever posted this document on this blogg, thank you very much! Hopefully we can all read, understand and then make comments informed with knowledge. My grandfather Mututwa is a hero,he has lost hope in the BRE, that is y he joined the youths at his age. Read abt what he said abt the BRE and the Litunga. Let us not fight the government , but we have to deal with the BRE first.
We are tired with them. Time has come. Ke nako. Located in what is western Zambia today, the Barotse or Lozi kingdom was a Bantu state. The Barotse regained control in The first English traders arrived in In Lewanika permitted the establishment of a mission and school.
It is the homeland of the Lozi people or Barotse ,  or Malozi, who are a unified group of over 20 individual formerly diverse tribes related through kinship, whose original branch are the Luyi Maluyi , and also assimilated northern Sotho tribe of South Africa known as the Makololo. The Barotse speak Silozi , a language most closely related to Sesotho. Barotseland covers an area of , square kilometres, but is estimated to have been twice as large at certain points in its history. Under the British colonial administration, Barotseland was a Protectorate of the British Crown from the late 19th-century. The Litunga, the Lozi word for the king of Barotseland, had negotiated agreements, first with the British South African Company BSAC , and then with the British government that ensured the kingdom maintained much of its traditional authority according to the Litunga. Barotseland was essentially a nation-state, a protectorate within the larger protectorate of Northern Rhodesia. In , Barotseland became part of Zambia when that country achieved independence.
Full Barotseland agreement of 1964