GOVERNMENT must not implement the Barotse Agreement of 1964 at this moment because it will promote tribalism in the country, says Kazanga Cultural Association vice chairperson Enoch Shibata.
Mr Shibata said the BA of 1964 was an infringement on the rights of some of the people because not all of them were part of it.
He commended the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) for distancing themselves from the current crusade of self-determination, saying the agreement was a dead issue since it was abrogated.
“As Kazanga looking at tradition and culture, we feel this agreement will be oppressive to the majority and therefore we want to appeal to the Government not to implement it or else it will promote tribalism,” he said.
Mr Shibata said the stance taken by the BRE and its Kuta to reject the move of separating from Zambia was wiser, and that it had put confidence in other ethnic groups who had nothing to do with the decision.
He said the Nkoyas could only support the BRE based on the peace and unity they had shown through distancing themselves from selfish motives by some individuals who wanted to push their agenda for the reasons best known to themselves.
Mr Shibata was commenting on allegations that there were plans to implement the Barotse Agreement of 1964 in an attempt to halt the actualization of Barotseland statehood spearheaded by the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA).
“At this time there is no need to have agreements that are bound to bring division among the people. BA 1964 is a dead issue since the time it was abrogated and it should not make people suffer because of the people who wanted to use it to gain,” he said.
He urged the Government to also consider other tribes by giving them higher Government positions so that they too could feel proud of being Zambian.
“We have 72 tribes in Zambia, and all these tribes should be heard so that they feel proud to be Zambian,” he said.