“WE will not use force in our bid to achieve self-determination of Western province at the moment,’’ says Barotse National Freedom Alliance secretary general Mungandi-Wa-Mungandi.
A new group calling itself the Barotse Imilema (BI) has accused the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) of failing to determine the status of Western Province and had pulled out from the process, claiming the BNFA had allegedly lost focus over Western Province calls for self-determination.
Mr Mungandi said his organisation was steadfast in undertaking the task of self-determination because they were representing people, hence his organisation was peaceful and would not want to use force in trying to resolve challenges they were encountering.
He said he would not be in a position to comment on those organisations that were pulling out because the BNFA was almost with everything to undertake its task.
“I will not comment on those who are saying we have lost direction and want to pull out, because as an alliance everything is in the process and they are not a factor,” he said.
Mr Mungandi said all those pulling out of BNFA were compromised individuals who wanted to use force without following procedure.
He said self-determination was not by force but instead was a procedure that should be followed without losing patience.
The BNFA headed by former Ngambela Clement Sinyinda was spearheading the Barotseland self-determination and had submitted a 258 page petition of alleged “forensic evidence” detailing human rights violations against its people, following the Barotse National Council (BNC) resolutions of March 27, 2012.
Divisions have emerged in the BNFA with a splitter group formed to spearhead the Western Province self-determination.
The BI said it would also continue and keep on pressing for self-rule and self-determination of Barotseland (Western Province), as resolved by the BNC of March 2012, and work hand in hand with the Barotse Royal Establishment and other interested stakeholders.