BAROTSE activists in Western Province are conducting a door to door campaign, distributing Barotse independence flyers and discouraging people from celebrating Zambia’s independence, claiming they are not yet free.
According to information, the activists embarked on the campaign recently informing people that it was time Barotseland (Western Province) should be free.
The youths have vowed to hold a peaceful campaign and visit all the districts to ensure all the citizens were aware of the developments in the region.
But Barotse National Freedom secretary, Muyunda Makala, clarified that youths were distributing Barotse fliers in some areas, with the support of the so-called Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organisation (UNOP).
UNPO is an international forum for the so-called ‘‘occupied’’ nations, indigenous peoples, minorities and even oppressed majorities, who currently struggle to regain their lost sovereignty, preserve their cultural identity, protect their basic human and economic rights and safeguard the natural environment.
Mr Makala said youths had lined up several activities that would be made known to the public and did not intend to cause confusion or destabilize the peace.
He said the youths took to the streets upon hearing that the Unpresented Nations and People’s Organisation wrote President Edgar Lungu informing him that Barotseland was its member and that its flag should be displayed at the Barotse Royal Establishment grounds.
The UNPO flag was given to every member country, including Barotseland in July this year.
According to the letter written to President Lungu by UNPO general secretary general Marino Busdachin, dated August 24, 2015, the UNPO flag which was handed to Barotseland should be hoisted at the palace.
The letter further read that the UNPO flag symbolizes Barotseland’s commitment to non-violence, democracy and the rule of law in the execution of its bid for self-determination.
“Once the nation of people has been admitted as a member of UNPO, the representatives’ organisation of that nation or people vows to respect the UNPO’s core principles of non-violence, democracy and tolerance by signing the UNPO covenant,” the letter read in part.