WE are not fighting for the restoration of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 but pursuing the cause of actualizing the Barotseland statehood, Baroste National Freedom Alliance trustee William Harrington has said.
And Mr Harrington has charged that the Nkoya-speaking people should seek another province somewhere else and not in Barotseland.
“As trustee of the Baroste National Freedom Alliance, I want to dispel or refute the assertion stating that the BNFA has been formed to fight for the restoration of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964. This is not correct,” he said.
Mr Harrington, who has since been appointed as BNFA trustee, said the issue of the restoration of the Barotseland Land Agreement of 1964 was a closed chapter which had been overtaken by events following the resolutions of the Barotse National Council meeting which took place in March, 2012 in Limulunga-Leaui in Barotseland.’
He said the position of BNFA was also contained in a document which had been written and submitted to President Edgar Lungu dated April 22, 2015 and was received on April 23, 2015.
Mr Harrington said one of the resolutions was that following Government’s refusal, neglect and totally ignoring of cause over many years for the restoration of the agreement, the Barotse National Council accepted the position of Government that it was not interested in restoring the agreement.
He said the BNC therefore resolved that Barotseland should pursue the course of delinking Barotseland from Zambia, as provided for in the Barotseland Agreement which was unilaterally abrogated by the first republican president Dr Kenneth kaunda through constitutional amendments without consulting the people of Barotseland nor the Litunga who was a signatory to the agreement.
“The true position is therefore that the people of Barotseland resolved to accept the abrogation of the agreement and set the motion in process of separating Barotseland from Zambia,” he said.
Mr Harrington said the BNFA was no longer after restoration anymore, adding that it was a closed chapter which had been overtaken by events.
“We are now pursuing the cause of actualizing the Barotseland statehood,” he said.
And Mr Harrington has charged that the Nkoya-speaking people should seek another province somewhere not in Barotseland.
He said there was no way the Lozi-speaking could allow Nkoyas to take over any land in Barotse land because their population constituted any 14 per cent of the total Barotseland population.
Mr Harrington said he did not care if Nkoyas were given a province as long it was not within Barotseland.