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Only dialogue can resolve Barotseland issue- Mumba

General News Only dialogue can resolve Barotseland issue- Mumba

Nevers Mumba during a meeting in Kalulushi
Nevers Mumba during a meeting in Kalulushi

Government has been advised against assuming that amendments made to the Country’s constitution will resolve the issue of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.

Opposition MMD president Nevers Mumba does not believe the issue of the Barotseland Agreement will end by simply assenting to the Constitutional Bills that have been passed by Parliament.

Dr. Mumba is of the view that much as a Constitution is the guiding light of any nation it cannot take the place of dialogue which he says the issue of the Barotseland Agreement currently needs.

He has told Qfm News dialogue is the only solution there is to this issue and therefore must continue and heightened in order to harmonize with the Constitutional position.

And Dr. Mumba has confirmed his party’s attendance of the official assenting of the Constitution Bills by President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday the 5th of January this week.

He says as a political party that begun the constitution making process in the Country the MMD wants to see through the process reaching its conclusive end.

Dr. Mumba says this is despite it being a fact that the whole process of constitution making will not be complete even after the assenting to the Constitution Bills.

He states that the hope of the former ruling party is, however that, other political parties will realize that this process is a non partisan issue.


  1. Barotseland the Land of our Forefathers is a Nation.

    Viva la la la la land of Freedom, Viva Barotseland. Tukongote Litunga Ni Lyetu!

    The Skeleton Key

    • All you Zambians, BA 64 is what will liberate Zambia from Lusaka. BA is for federalism which is the cry of everyone. Take southern province as an example, it produces 90 percent of Zambia energy, 90 percent of tourism, 70 percent of produce, 70 percent of meat, to name a few. Why can it be a state on its own so it can keep 60 percent of this revenue?

  2. It has become a recurring pattern and gimmicky: a party in opposition is usually publicly understanding and sympathetic of the BA’64, publicly stating a dialogue is needed to find a lasting solution. Problem here is that they are just after cheap votes – they don’t mean what they say. Once they enter into govt, they renegade on their own promises and suddenly become hostile to the people of Barotseland.

    The truth is that the issue doesn’t require any dialogue at all. It’s a simple and straightforward matter, simple as 1 + 1 = 2; and 2 – 1 = 1. It’s no rocket science. Besides the issue of determining self rule is a universal recognised right, with or without the BA’64.

  3. Every region in Zambia has claims of nationhood, with similar dynamic in other African countries based on pre-colonial architecture. Our paramount chiefs sold out to imperialist powers. We collectively won our political independence and our energies are best utilized strengthening our governance institutions so the ordinary person on the streets and not just the elite can finally live lives of dignity, peace and prosperity, which they deserve. As a wiseman said before, there was a lot of hype in South Sudan sorrounding the founding of a “nation.” It turns out there might have been several competing “nations” within that “nation.” Or was it power hungry fellows looking to maximize their self interests? The difference for us is that we already have one nation, one people, with…

  4. I agree with Dr Mumba on this one. Not what Kambwili was talking about a week ago. Dialogue is need in Zambia. Can we all stop this whole insulting of others who dont agree with your opinions. Definitely, our Lozi brothers and sisters are no happy about a lot of things. Brushing the issue under the new constitution is not going to resolve the issue. Lets sit down as one people and find out who is hurting and why. The idea of having independent states in Zambia is not a bad one.

    Tribalism is not going to take Zambia anywhere. On the contrary, I see a divided Zambia because of what our Politicians are doing.

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