Mongu residents are calling for massive demonstrations in Barotseland this morning to protest against President Michael Sata for what they term as “disparaging” and “derogatory” remarks against their respected traditional leader – the Litunga.
President Sata recently said the Litunga had “no powers” to be treated special and was an ordinary traditional ruler like any other, remarks people of Barotseland have described as demeaning.
Barotseland has declared a dispute with the Zambian government and wants to breakaway based on the 1964 Agreement.
According to separatists in the area, a meeting to display their disgust about President Sata’s disrespect for their ruler is scheduled for Kapulanga and Limulunga at 08:00 hours Zambian time today.
The leaders are calling all Tongas, Kaondes and Lundas based in Western Province to join the solidarity match for their king.
“Here is what the people of Barotseland will do. They will hold a peaceful demonstration at Kapulanga. they are calling all the people wherever you are to join,” the organizers stated.
Organisers of the demonstration state that the demonstration was a sign to implement the Barotseland National Council (BNC) resolution number two (02) which states; “…the people of Barotseland shall not take kind to any individual, grouping, authority individuals bringing the institution of Litungaship into public ridicule by making derogative remarks with intent to undermine the authority of Litunga and Barotse government….”
The Lozis say President Sata had no powers over their jurisdiction.
“The Litunga can’t be demeaned by a political cadre and we are just watching. Who does he [President Sata] really think he is?” the organizers wondered.
They are buoyed by the support rendered from their sympathizers in Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Angola and South Africa.
Meanwhile, veteran politician Sikota Wina is also expected in Mongu today and will hold a meeting with traditional leaders at the Limulunga Royal village.
Sikota will avail himself to the people of Barotseland and plead forgiveness for his role in the history of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
The former MMD minister was earlier this week scheduled to hold a press briefing which was postponed to a later date.