CONSEQUENCES OF BAROTSELAND SECEDING FROM ZAMBIA

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BY THE ANALYST

New Zambia

Finally what started as a whisper has come to fruition (that is if President Michael Sata) allows it. Barotseland secession if allowed has grave consequences. Firstly, I will establish one fact that Western Province is not the same as Barotseland.

Many proponents of this fairy tale concept seem to confuse the two using Barotseland and Western province synonymously. The secessionists are so blinded by their selfish and highly tribal declaration of Barotseland as an autonomous state disregarding Nkoyas and Mbundas, who despite being in Western province are stridently against secession or being part of Lozi dominion.

Secondly, the secessionists are so blinded by the pipe dream of getting Copperbelt to be part of Barotseland. Again, they are so blind of the grave consequences of such an unguided and unachievable demand since the mineral rich province has other tribes prominent among them-the Lambas.

Lambas rightly deserve to be given part of the profits from the mine which are found in their region and not Lozis who are geographically miles away from the Copperbelt. I know some people would argue that at one time we had no Copperbelt province because the area was part of Barotseland.

I find this argument to be flawed since from the onset it was a gross affront on Lamba chiefs for the Litunga to include the area he did not even know as belonging to his. There is a mine named after a Lamba chief-Nkana mine. If the area belonged to the Litunga, the mine would have been called Litunga mine.

Thirdly, claiming that Copperbelt belongs to Barotseland is depriving all other Zambian tribes and people of the sole major source of the country’s income since Zambia is still a mono economy. Without copper, there is no Zambia as we know it. On the other hand, without the dubious claim that Copperbelt belongs to Barotseland, the Barotseland Agreement wasn’t going to be selfishly pursued to this stage of secession. Note that in my article I am not disputing that the Barotseland Agreement was not signed. I am just highlighting the consequences of honouring such an archaic document that has outlived its usefulness and the costs of recognizing the Agreement.

Some people argue that according to the white man’s law, we should honour such an important document. I beg to differ because the boundaries that the white man made are now being hotly challenged. I can lump the Barotseland agreement in this sources of disputes.

The other issues that have to be revisted in the Barotseland Agreement include the Litunga having dominion over several other Zambian tribes who have no tribal or linguistical connections to the Litunga. The Litunga himself like other Zambian chiefs is so divorced from his subjects some of them who are called ba kwamushitu-commoners. These hapless clique has not benefited from the Agreement bo Litunga made with the imperialists.

I would not dwell much on the economical consequences of Barotseland being an independent nation without the economic gain that come from the mines since I would be noisily silenced by the secessionists who want to determine their future.

Understanding that the Western Province is one of the poorest provinces in Zambia, I feel seceding would have grave consequences on the impoverished region.

The other immediate consequence that has resulted from the calls for Barotseland to be independent is the anti-Lozi sentiments by other non-Lozis who all along have concluded that Lozis are a proud and selfish tribe. Many Zambians are calling from all Lozis to go to Barotseland since it has been declared ‘independent’ This might turn violent if unchecked.

With these few observations, I feel the declaration of an autonomous Barotseland shouldn’t be celebrated but feared because of the likely consequences.

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6 Comments

  1. Patriot May 6, 2012 at 9:23 am -  Reply

    This article has displayed so much ignorance, arrogance and simplicity! Its a pity the lambas allowed these monkeys on their land, where are the good lambs now? In the bush of Copperbelt. Lozis know that land is everything and we are thankful to our forefathers for preserving the land, our children will have the last laugh. This is a done deal, well calculated and put on paper. The 27 years of state of emergency surpressed all and destroyed our country. For more information, go to http://www.barotseland.infor Maybe your ignorance or deliberate disregard for history will be taken care of. The inevitable is likely to happen due to years of arrogance!

  2. matongo April 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    WELL. LOADS OF BULLSHIT FROM U IGNORANT CHAPS. THE SIMPLE QUESTIONS AND FACTS ARE? 1. WAS THE AGREEMENT SIGNED? YES 2. SHOULD IT BE REJECTED OR RENEGOTIATED? I SAY REGOTIATED 3. DID YOU KNOW THAT MUFULIRA IS A LUYANA (LOZI) TERM MEANING ” THIS IS WHERE I END!” THE ORIGINAL WAS APO NI FULILA. THERE WAS A PHYSICAL VISIT IN THE PRESENCE OF LAMBA ROYALISTS. 4. SOLWEZI! THE NAME IS FROM THE SOLWEZI RIVER BUT MEANING IS ” SO ULWEZI” MEANING WHAT U ARE CARRYING! A LOZI TERM WRITE TO ME I WILL TELL YOU HOW IT CAME ABOUT. MANY MANY MORE BUT I WILL LET U STAY IGNORANT UNTIL THAT DAY

  3. Cartemah March 30, 2012 at 10:35 am -  Reply

    Fellow zambians please open your eyes, have you ever thought of why lozi people always stick to that harsh land of theres ? Have you ever thougth of why when lozi people retire always go back to there home land ? Finally have you ever thought of why the barosteland agreement includes the section were government has to ask the lozi chief wether to do any development in there land or not ? That land called baroste is full of wealth resource, that can be utilized to benefit the whole zambia which only depends on copper. Dear zambians this whole thing of baroste turn it into new country is a selfish motive of the lozi people. Nowounder the government has little control over the land because the self -proclaimed king doesnt want to share the resource with anybody but the lozi people , nowounder the pronvice poor interms of development. Lucky enough the PF government is aware about the secret that lieas beneath the western province !

  4. Fwaka March 28, 2012 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    What was tribal was to promise them ‘restoration’ of the BRE as thought that meant any change from the status quo.

    So when restored, what was going to be different in barotseland in Ukwas view?

  5. Luckson March 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    There is nothing wrong with the zambian nation. Are we going to disturb the peace we have enjoyed for so long? Think of the children born from inter tribal mariage. Children like the , mulenga mubita, sitali banda, where are they going to go? whom are they going to fight?

  6. saulula March 28, 2012 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    i’ve bn trbled @ h@t nt so much by da rsolve of our bros frm da west to secede bt by rcklssness of da pf govt & da mmd b4 it in handlin ths issue. Its bn typical of these govts to use both unnecessary brtal force or threats of force nd deceit wen pipo raise gnuine concerns abt hw dey want b governed. Frm da stpid mongu killings,da pipo’s constitution,calls 4 an inclusive govt 2 da mninglss rlignment of districts without consent frm local populations usin pwer frm a flwed law, al we ve hed is DARE & DIE!

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