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Barotseland youth movements unite against Indunas campaigning for Lungu

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8cdef8e7ce5df32e0c9c49cf2b00623b_LA combined working committee drawn from various Barotseland youth movements have vowed to deal with the disgraced Limulunga Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) indunas, who they have accused of having taken an illegal and partisan pursuit in support of Zambia’s president and Patriotic Front presidential candidate Edgar Lungu, according to the Barotseland Post.

Zambia goes to a national poll in slightly a week from now, and some Edgar Lungu financed Limulunga BRE indunas and their assigned cronies have been seen gallivanting the breadth of Barotseland, commanding and instructing various kutas and the Barotse community to vote for Lungu on the pretext that he (Lungu) had agreed to restoring the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964 should he win the impending Zambian presidential polls.

The Limulunga BRE kuta is further accused of threatening any local media denying exclusive coverage to their misguided and partisan agenda.

However, the combined youth movement comprising the Barotseland National Youth league (BNYL), Barotse Imilemas (BI) and the Linyungandambo Youth League (LYL) have vehemently disagreed with the “disgraced” partisan indunas, insisting that the royal establishment should instead be dedicating their efforts in helping actualizing the March 2012 popular people’s whishes and mandate that called for a free and independent Barotseland rather than the impossible restoration of the defunct 1964 agreement. The 1964 pre-independence agreement sought to create an autonomous Barotseland kingdom within the republic of Zambia but was unilaterally repudiated and abrogated by 1969 under Kenneth Kaunda. The abrogation has been upheld by all successive Zambian governments, and promises to restore the agreement have always been used by Zambian politicians to woo Barotse votes in every national election since the advent of multi-party democracy in 1991.

“As young people of Barotseland, the future we envision is that of a free independent Barotseland rather than continued servitude under Zambia as these disgraced Limulunga indunas wish to continue to tie our nation to. They must realize that they will not be here a few decades down the line, and we have to bear the consequences of their irrational choices. As such we wish to say an emphatic NO to their selfish maneuvers,” read part of their joint statement below:

Joint Press Release from the Youth Movements of Barotseland – Barotseland National Youth league (BNYL), Barotse Imilemas (BI) and Linyungandambo Youth League (LYL)

ISSUED ON 27TH JULY, 2016 AT MONGU

We, the above stated youth movements in Barotseland (BRE), would like to inform all the people of Barotseland and the world at large that the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) created by Kenneth Kaunda’s Zambian government has embarked on a full throttle campaign commanding the people of Barotseland to vote for Edgar Chagwa Lungu of Zambia’s patriotic front, stating that he [Lungu] is the one who is ready to restore the now null, void and defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964.

We have information about their activities as follows:-

  • On 4th July, 2016 they held rallies for Lungu in Lukulu;
  • On 18th July, 2016 they were in Sefula where their scheduled illegal campaigns failed thanks to the Barotse Imilemas who disrupted their illegality
  • On 23rd July, 2016 they were in Nalolo;
  • On 24th July, 2016 they were in Senanga, among other rallies so far conducted by the disgraced BRE

Therefore, we appeal to all the people of Barotseland to be cautious and alert because the Zambian government cannot and will never restore the dead Barotseland agreement 1964. So, never be cheated because Barotseland is already an independent state separate from Zambia as per Barotseland national council (BNC) resolutions of 26th – 27th March, 2012.

The current occupation of Barotseland by the Zambian government is unlawful and illegal. Therefore, we appeal to all Barotse nationals to ignore those disillusioned ‘Restorationists’ bent on misleading the peaceful yet focused people of an already independent sovereign nation of Barotseland by insisting on an already trashed project and failed unitary experiment with Zambia.

As young people of Barotseland, the future we envision is that of a free independent Barotseland rather than continued servitude under Zambia as these disgraced Limulunga indunas wish to continue to tie our nation to. They must realize that they will not be here a few decades down the line, and we have to bear the consequences of their irrational choices. As such we wish to say an emphatic NO to their selfish maneuvers.

We know our true identity, and we are determined to defend it no matter the cost!

The issue of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 is as dead and as irreversible as the many lives of our beloved brothers and sisters, who died on 14th January, 2011 at the brutal action of Zambian state police. To this day, Zambia continues to persecute many Barotse nationals for simply asserting themselves as such!

As young people and the majority citizen, we are now going to deal with anyone playing with our destiny.

TUKONGOTE WA MWANA’ MUKA!

Barotseland youth movements’ representatives:

1.    Boris Muziba, Deputy Chairman General – Barotseland National Youth League;
2.    Siyunyi Mendai, National Coordinator – Barotse Imilemas;
3.    Sikwibele Wasilota, National Coordinator – Barotseland National Youth League;
4.    Saviour Mumbela, Secretary General – Barotse Imilemas;
5.    Chris Kalaluka, Secretary General – Linyungandambo Youth League;
6.    Masheto Sihanda, Chief Disciplinarian – Barotse Imilemas;
7.    Bosco Kanyanga, Chairman General – Linyungandambo Youth League;
8.    Sinonge Lutangu, Chairman General – Barotse Imilemas;
9.    Mbanga Nawa, Deputy Chairman General-Logistics – Barotseland National Youth League;
10.  Boyd Ingombe, National Treasurer – Barotse Imilemas.

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