The Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) has released a statement highlighting issues discussed in a meeting held at the Litunga’s Palace on Tuesday between UN Country representative Kanni Wignaraja and high ranking members of the royal establishment.
The statement indicated the BRE’s appeal to the UN to take the issue of Barotseland seriously.
“Induna Inete asked the visitor to take seriously the request by Ngambela for the UN Organisations in the country to urgently address and attend to the Barotseland issue. Induna Mukulwakashiko noted that there has not been any significant development in Barotseland in the 48 years that it has been part of Zambia. He said joining the union of Zambia was the biggest mistake that Barotseland ever made. And, now it was time for Barotse people to implement their March 2012 BNC Resolutions,” read the statement, which was signed by Mwangelwa.
“He told Wignaraja that the Barotse issue was not a domestic one, and solicited the UN to be proactive, taking measures that would avert any violent situation,” the BRE stated. “The Ngambela clarified that what the people of Barotseland were claiming is the land within the current boundaries, encompassing the seven districts of Mongu, Senanga, Sesheke, Kaoma, Lukulu, Shangombo and Kalabo and not the entire Barotse Empire that includes part of North Western Province and Copperbelt.