President Michael Chilufya Sata has decided to publicize the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 to enable citizens understand and appreciate the contents therein. This is according to statement made available to the media by the President’s special assistant for press and public relations George Chellah.
“During the meeting with our colleagues, the representatives of the Linyungandambo, Barotse Freedom Movement and the Movement for the Restoration of Barotseland, we promised to avail this document to the public,” President Sata says.
“Therefore, as a government we have decided to publish the Barotseland Agreement in order for the Zambian people to read and comprehend the contents of this document. The publication of this document will also enable the general populace to have wider comments over the same.”
During a meeting with Barotse activists at State House last month, President Sata sought greater dialogue on the issue of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
The President said there have been misunderstandings on the issue and promised to publish the document to dispel these misinterpretations.
The Head of State said only dialogue will save the country and its people. The President further said Government did not want to spill blood over the Barotseland Agreement, adding that he was not interested in engaging in a confrontation like the previous government did.
The President met 12 representatives of the Linyungandambo, Barotse Freedom Movement and the Movement for the Restoration of Barotseland.
The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba, Home Affairs Minister Kennedy Sakeni, Local Government, Housing, Early Education and Environmental Protection Minister Nkandu Luo and Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister Inonge Wina.
Western Province permanent secretary Augustine Seyuba was also in attendance.