GOVERNMENT OF BAROTSELAND
Lealui, Limulunga, Barotseland
16th April, 2012
We sincerely apologize if we are guided by impulses; but since we are in pain, we are compelled to utilize this golden opportunity to present to you pressing issues that has been ignored by the international community for a long time; although there have been numerous petitions.
There has a pressing issue of Barotseland our nation has been subjugated to a fellow African Country by artifice. We feel that there is no justifiable reason that can be accepted for forced assimilation or allowing a nation to swallow another. Undoubtedly the preference of the Nation of Barotseland in 1964 was not to relinquish their nationality, their sovereignty and their self-rule.
In 1964 United Nations General Assembly resolutions 545 (vi) which stipulates that “All Peoples have the right of Self-determination” was already in place. Why Barotseland was not to determine for herself is inexcusable. It is apparent that Barotseland was a protectorate and was forced to enter into a condominium arrangement with Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) resulting into an Agreement of 1964. That Agreement has fallen apart. So the whole issue does not require debate or dispute, it only requires realization and sound judgement and sincerity to deal with.
Like the right to life, the right of the people to self-determination is not disputable.
Inter-alia the international community covenant on Civil and Political Rights Article 47 states that “Nothing in the present covenant shall be interpreted as impairing the inherent right of all people to enjoy and utilize fully and freely their natural wealth and resources” and optional protocol to the international covenant on Civil and Political Rights Article 7 states:-
“Pending the achievement of the objective of resolution 1514(xi) adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 14th December, 1960 concerning the declaration on the granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples, the provisions of the present protocol shall in no way limit the right of petition granted to those peoples by the Charter of the United Nations and other international conventions and instruments under the United Nations and its specialized agencies.”
Barotseland became a colony to Zambia in 1964; no unitary state was made or federation was made, Barotseland was simply handed over to Zambia as a vassal state or as a protectorate of Zambia. The end result was that Barotseland was placed under draconian laws so the whole Barotse system was overrun by the Zambian Government.
The Barotse experienced no freedom of opinion and expression, people could not have the right to peaceful assembly; the Barotzis were arbitrary arrested, tortured and victimised for being Barotzis.
Pursuant to the optional protocol to the international covenant on Civil and Political Rights which enables Human Rights Committee to receive and consider communication from individuals claiming to be victims of violations of any rights set forth in the covenant; we have to remind you that such a move was taken by the Barotzis in 1991 Zambia was informed but did not comply and nothing happened.
Several other petitions were also made to United Nations by the Barotzis, but of substance has been done so far by U.N.
This time we write to inform you that the State of Barotseland is in the process of re-building its Nation and we believe and trust the U.N. shall act accordingly in conformity with her mandate. Our role currently is to plead with you and not to compel and may be other role is to shed a little more light and give emphasis as follows:-
BAROTSELAND HAS RESOLVED TO REVERT TO HER ORIGINAL STATUS
So who does what?
The table illustrates clearly what happens under normal conditions, to show the real or obvious things.
UNITED NATIONS AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL BODIES
Challenge or Refute Claim
Analyse the issue
Argument or bone of contention
Fact finding mission and trouble shooting
Establish a case of self-assertion
Preside or adjudicate
Acknowledge the claim
Arbitrate/ mediate if dispute arise
Declaration of postliminium
Resentment or refuse subjugation
Use of force and conflict
Conflict settlement or management
Put defacto Government; Security and Protection
May declare war engage in terror
This is a real and unforeseen situation in the issue of deprivation of Barotse people’s rights to self-determination by Zambia.
Indeed it is proper sequence of events in the case of decolonization of Barotseland from the Zambian shackles.
Anything to the contract is haphazard.
The Barotseland Nation established a legitimate claim; for the Zambian Government to challenge what is put across; and not giving mere or lame excuses.
Barotseland has nothing to do with Zambia. Since the Barotseland Agreement is annulled, neither Barotseland nor Zambia can claim anything under it. Legal axiom states that nobody can claim anything under the agreement that is not in force. Zambia’s hegemony depends on her military strength.
POINTS TO PROVE COLONIZATION
Administering the Barotzis territory without Union Act.
Inheriting obligation of the colonizer by Zambian Government.
Transfer of obligation of the protecting state to another (Zambia) or handing over a nation to a new government.
Usurping the powers of the Barotse King contrary to what was agreed upon in 1964.
Suppression of the Barotseland Government; is a clear testimony of black on black colonization.
It is quite evident that the Zambian Government depended and still depends on Police Force to ensure forced assimilation to coerce Barotzis people.
Zambians are foreigners; they have no legal right or claim over Barotseland.
Zambia has so far committed atrocities in Barotseland and right now Barotseland is littered with forces to hunt for those who are covenant to human rights; company law; law of agreements and treaties and international law.
Zambian cannot claim to keep peace or maintain peace in Barotseland after Barotseland’s declaration of liberty and since it is Zambia that has been waging war and killing people in Barotseland; it is not Zambia that should recognize Barotseland as a Country; in fact with or without Zambia; with or without Barotseland Agreement, we are a country on our own.
THE TASK OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION
Arbitration in disputes.
Mediation in disputes.
Conflict settlement in war torn zones.
Peace making initiatives or peace keeping by disarming the rogue state.
Having this knowledge, we appeal to the United Nations in particular to the Council to timely consider the plight of the Barotzis who are taken for an easy kill by Zambians. Conflict is most likely as Zambians depend on the law of jungle; or prender; and people shall be displaced.
N.B “A thing is made and destroyed by one and the same means.” So if Zambia was made by Agreement, and that Agreement is destroyed, it is only wise for the Zambian Government to respect the move taken by the Barotzis.
Knowing that Barotseland is a geo – African Country and a nation, we put across the following:-
We demand that His Majesty The Litunga, King of Barotseland to be accorded diplomatic immunity according to the convention of the privileges’ and immunities’ of the United Nations.
That the Rt Hon Ngambela, Privy Prime Minister to be entitled to the same diplomatic privileges.
We demand the withdrawal of the Zambian Soldiers from the Barotseland territory under supervision of NATO to prepare for the exercise of exchange of security personnel.
We demand for diplomatic recognition of our state.
We demand for respect of laws of Barotseland.
We demand that those super powers with satellites to help locate the suspected mass graves in Barotseland.
We demand the protection and training of our security personnel by the United Nations for a period of 4 years.
The Barotseland National Council is a legitimate body with mandate to deliberate and make decisions on behalf of people, and its decision is final.
The Executive Council
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