Former Ngambela Clement Sinyinda has appealed to the Patriotic Front government and President Michael Sata in particular to consider dialogue as a means of resolving the Barotse impasse with the people of Western Province as opposed to intimidation and detentions.
In his message through Lusaka’s civil rights activist Brebner Changala calling for peace and dialogue with President Sata and his government, Sinyinda who is facing treason and currently detained at Mwembeshi Maximum Prison said the PF government had an opportunity resolve the Barotse impasse without intimidation, confrontation, arrests and detentions.
Sinyinda through Changala said the people of Barotseland and those facing treason charges and detained at Mwembeshi Maximum Prison have nothing against the government and have never at any one time intended to fight the Zambian government in the manner that would be interpreted as committing treason.
Changala said Sinyinda was worried that the generation that was born after 1964 was not going to accept anything less than secession and that it was therefore important for the PF government to abandon the route of intimidation and dentations as a means of silencing and resolving the impasse.
Changala said Sinyinda in his message has called on President Sata to seriously consider dialogue with the people of Western Province because that would assist the Head of State to fully understand that the people on the region wanted from government.
The former Ngambela through Changala has called for calm among the people of Western Province and Zambia as a whole saying while he understood the anxieties the people of Western Province were having, it was critical that the situation was handled in the sober and civilized manner.
Changala said Sinyinda’s message to the people of Western Province was that he (Sinyinda) and others who were detained at Mwembeshi Maximum Prison were incarcerated only for seeking guidance on very cardinal issues that involved their statehood.
“Sinyinda has given me the message to deliver to the people of Western Province and Zambia as a whole. The message of Sinyinda who is currently detained at Mwembeshi Maximum Prison is that he is calling for dialogue between the government and President Sata in particular and the people of Western Province. It is only dialogue that will make President Sata and the government understand what the people of Western Province want from the Zambian government,” Changala said.
Changala explained that Sinyinda was of the belief that the Barotse impasse could be amicably resolved while men of his (Sinyanda) age and wisdom were still alive and active.
He said Dr Kaunda who was the signatory to the 1964 Barotseland Agreement was still alive and was able to contain the anxiety that had gripped the people of Western Province over the impasse that had been created as a result of the government’s decision to arrest and charge the people of Western Province with treason for demanding the restoration of the agreement.
Changala said Sinyinda has warned that if government was going to allow the Barotse impasse to be handled by the generation that was born after 1964, there was a risk that an opportunity to settle the matter.
“The ball therefore is in the court of President Sata and his government. The President should give dialogue a chance and abandon the route of intimidation and detentions of the people of Western Province.
The people of Western Province and those who have been charged with treason have nothing against the people of Zambia and have never at any one time thought of fighting government in the manner that it would be interpreted as reason,” Sinyinda said in his message through Changala.