The FDD says pronouncement by President Edgar Lungu that him and the Litunga should be the only ones to comment of the Barotse Agreement is wrong, ill-advised and totally misguided.
FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said the Barotseland Agreement is a national issue and not a private matter between Mr Lungu and His Royal Highness hence should be treated as such and not the preserve of the President.
Mr Mwanza advised government to engage with stakeholders in an open, honest and informative process of dialogue so as to resolve the impasse.
He said the issue can not be resolved by having what he called dark corner meetings at State House.
He challenged President Lungu to make public the Roger Chongwe Commission findings which was tasked to inquire on the Barotseland Agreement.
He said making the findings public will make the country understand and appreciate their thinking and that hiding it was counterproductive and only heightens tension.
Below is a full statement issued to the media
For Immediate Release
The pronouncement by President Edgar Lungu that only him and the Litunga should be the only ones to discuss the Barotse Agreement 1964 is wrong, ill-advised and totally misguided.
The Barotseland Agreement is a NATIONAL issue and not a private matter between Mr Lungu and His Royal Highness The Litunga therefore it cannot be treated as a preserve of Mr Lungu. You cannot resolve such an emotive and thorny issue by holding dark corner meetings at State House.
There is need for the Government to engage in an open, honest and informative process of dialogue with ALL stakeholders if we are to resolve this impasse in a conclusive and amicable manner. We implore President Lungu to make public, the findings of the Roger Chongwe Commission which was tasked to i
It is imperative for all of us to know the actual submissions the people of Barotseland made so that we may all appreciate their thinking and concerns on this matter. Keeping the Report away from the public is counterproductive as it only heightens tension and fuel speculation.
Lastly, we urge the PF Government to publish and circulate the Barotseland Agreement so that people can peruse and appreciate what this document actually entails. At the moment, there is a lot of misinformation and ignorance with regards to the actual content of the BA64. You cannot resolve such national issues on the premise of ignorance and secrecy.
Issued by Antonio Mwanza, FDD Spokesperson