Barotse activists await AU verdict


THE Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA), which is spearheading Barotseland self-determination, will start charting the way forward after it receives a report from African Commission on Human Rights (ACHR) as presented to the African Union heads of state summit that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last week.

BNFA spokesperson and secretary general William Harrington said the African Union secretariat received reports from specialized bodies such as African Commission on Human Rights to be presented to the Heads of State.

He said presentation of African Commission reports was among several reports to be presented to the heads of state, and that they were not published prior to the African heads of state summit.

Mr Harrington said he was aware that the BNFA report was amongst other reports on the agenda, but was yet to receive an official report from the commission that would be communicated to the public.

“Once we receive the report we will chart the way forward. This could only be done if the commission communicates to us as it was presented to the African Union heads of state summit,” he said.

Mr Harrington explained that the BNFA, on behalf of the people of Barotseland, raised several complaints on the alleged human rights violations, which the commission found prima facie evidence, hence the decision to have made a report to the AU heads of state summit.

This follows the Barotse Nation Council (BNC) resolutions of March 27, 2012, in which the BNFA submitted a 258 page petition of alleged “forensic evidence” and detailing human rights violations against its people by the Zambian Government.

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