New Govt should deal with Barotseland Agreement – Nawakwi

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Edith Nawakwi

Edith Nawakwi

FDD President Edith Nawakwi says her visit to Western Province was meant to try to mend the shuttered trust between the people and their political leaders.

Speaking when she paid courtesy call on the Litunga, the opposition Forum for Democracy and Development Leader asked the Royal Establishment and the people of that province to judge them on what they can deliver to reduce the challenges faced by the community.

“Judge us without prejudice, not based on gender, not on tribe but on whether we can rebuild the nation and provide dignity to our people,” the opposition leader said.

Ms. Nawakwi praised the organization of districts in the Province stating that it was perfect for development implementation.

Meanwhile, FDD President Edith Nawakwi’s visit to Western Province has triggered a sharp reaction from the traditional leaders in the area.

The campaign trail of the opposition leader to Mongu has ignited demands by the Kuta (Council of Indunas) that whoever gets in to office after the 20th January Presidential Election expeditiously deals with the issue of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.

And the Kuta has demanded that the findings of the Rodger Chongwe Commission of inquiry in the Mongu shootings be made public.

The Indunas said the people of western are tired of promises which remain unfulfilled once people ascend to power.

Induna Imandi who spoke on behalf of the Kuta said the people of Western Province have made their position clear on a number of issues which includes the Barotseland Agreement and high poverty levels among others.

He explained that people want the province to have a fair share of the national cake which would help them alleviate the high poverty levels experienced by the local people.

Induna Imandi belabored that the people Barotseland made their views clear during the sittings of Commission of Inquiry which should be made public by anyone who comes into office.

“People are tired of the arrests and shootings. Hence, whoever comes into office should deal with the matter conclusively so that our children can stop agitating for secession,” he said.

He noted that people calling for the secession of Barotseland from Zambia have seen the inequality in which the national cake is shared and the suffering of the people in the province which should came to an end.

And Induna Inete encouraged the opposition leader who is the only female candidate in the race on equal footing and that she should effectively sale its ideals to convince people to vote for her.

He noted that the Barotse Royal Establishment is a perfect model of decentralization as the Kingdom has been practicing that for over 400 years.


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