THE Barotse Agreement of 1964 is a non-starter because all the Barotseland boundaries have different tribes which cannot accept to be ruled by the Lozi King, says Kazanga Cultural Association vice chairman Enock Shibata.
He said calling for the separation of Western Province from Zambia would not resolve anything because the Barotse Royal Establishment was responsible for the province to be poor.
He accused the BRE of refusing development in region, saying the establishment was only interested on self benefit and not the majority.
“The BRE should not blame anyone for having Western as the list developed Province in Zambia, because they have never liked any investors to come in, even if the Government had made efforts to develop the area,” he said.
Mr Shibata said it was unacceptable that the BRE wanted to rule other tribes as if it was the Government on its own, adding that at this moment no one who could accept to be ruled by the Litunga should Barotseland became the country on its own.
He said Zambia was dominated with 72 tribes with different cultures and norms, and therefore subjecting them to be under tribe’s tradition would be a non-starter.
Mr Shibata said not all the Lozis who supported the BA of 1964 because only the few interested parties would benefit from it, while the majority would be subjected to slavery.
“We have different tribes within the Barotseland such as the Kaondes, Lundas, Ilas, Tongas and so on, who cannot succumb to such a pressure because Barotseland is not only Western Province where there are Lozis, Luvales and Nkoyas, but it is a big area which caters almost part of Zambia,” he said.
He stated that it was justifiable for the Nkoyas who called for the eleventh province, so that it also received development on their own.
“We are now having the 10th province Muchinga in Northern part of Zambia, and it is also possible to have the eleventh province which can be named as Kafue Province so that all the people of Zambia shares development equally,” he said.
Mr Shibata said the Nkoyas and Mbundas would not support the Barotse Agreement of 1964 because they were not part of it, saying the views of those who took part in the signing were not of everyone in the region.