KK’s guidance on the Barotseland agreement is long overdue-HH
United Party for National Development leader Hakainde Hichilema says first republican president Kenneth Kaunda’s call for genuine consultations on the Barotseland agreement is a good start. Mr. Hichilema says the advice by the first republican president is long overdue and should be the guidance to resolving the Barotseland agreement of 1964.
In an interview with QFM Radio this morning Mr. Hichilema has stated that it is now time for all stakeholders to engage in respectful dialogue. Mr Hichilema said that the opportunity has arrived where Zambians and the government can come up with solutions that will ensure that Zambia continues to enjoy peace.
He said that it is important that a solution is found to the issues surrounding the Barotseland agreement. Mr Hichilema has however called on all the parties involved to dialogue in a peaceful and meaningfully way.
Yesterday , in a press statement made available to the media by office of the First President chief of staff Godwin Mfula, first republican President Kenneth Kaunda said that the Barotseland impasse between Government and the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) and the Barotse National Council (BNC) required collective rational interaction and the wisdom of all Zambians.
Dr Kaunda said that he believed that Zambians had the capacity, will and rationale to achieve a harmonious and peaceful resolution of the matter. Dr Kaunda said there is also need for genuine consultations among all stakeholders to ensure peace and harmony in the country.
“There is imperative need for a purposeful and peaceful interaction with all the stakeholders relating to the question of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964,” Dr Kaunda’s statement reads.
Dr Kaunda has appealed for “deep reflection, understanding, magnanimity and cooperation” in keeping with the spirit that characterised the resolve and determination of the country’s founding leaders.
“Dr Kaunda feels that in the quest and resolution to achieve national unity, harmony and cohesion, the founding fathers exhibited a rare sense of nationalism and patriotism to the common cause for the attainment of our cherished goal of One Zambia, One Nation.
“Indeed as reflected in our national anthem, the forefathers were inspired by a deep sense of unity and patriotism to our land, hence one land and one nation was their cry,” the statement reads.
And United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema has called for meaningful dialogue between the BNC and BRE to find a lasting solution over the Barotse question.
The issue of Barotseland has been hotly debated following a resolution by the BNC last week that Western Province secedes from the rest of Zambia. BNC chairperson Ngambela Clement Sinyinda has since been quizzed by the police over the matter.