THE omission of the “controversial” Barotseland Agreement of 1964 in the new Constitution is because it is an outdated issue that was only aimed at dividing the country, the Mbunda spokesperson Kennedy Mubanga has said.
“We can’t wait for the President to sign the amended Constitution so that we get rid of this controversial thing, because we are tired of it, and once he signs we will praise the lord,” he said.
Mr Mubanga said Zambia should not have laws that only favoured some parts, but instead laws that fairly treat all the Zambians and covered them equally.
“If it means stealing in Kalomo is a crime, then it should mean that even in Kasama or Chipata should be the same, and not laws that only cover part of the country,” he said.
Mr Mubanga said the Mbundas had been against the restoration of Barotseland Agreement of 1964 because they did not take part in the signing and therefore was a hindrance to other tribes in Western Province.
He said the agreement was outdated and time had passed to start talking about such issues, as no one had interest and that only selfish individuals were the ones with interest best known to themselves.
“Talking about BA of 1964 was as good as crying for Northern Rhodesia or colonialists and who could be interested to bring such back, even if we were to happen to have worst leadership in Zambia, that cannot happen,” Mr Mubanga said.
He said a lot of Lozis had settled in many parts of Zambia, adding that the only sustainable solution at hand was having the agreement omitted.
Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili was recently quoted saying as far as the Government was concerned, once the Constitution Bill becomes law, the Barotseland Agreement would still remain an important part of Zambia’s history.