Land In relation to land in Barotseland the arrangements set out in the annex hereto shall have effect. In particular, the Litunga of Barotseland and his Council shall continue to have the powers hitherto enjoyed by them in respect of land matters under customary law and practice. The courts at present known as the Barotse Native Courts shall have original jurisdiction to the exclusion of any other court in the republic of Zambia in respect of matters concerning rights over or interests in land in Barotseland to the extent that those matters are governed by the customary law of Barotseland: Provided that nothing in this paragraph shall be construed as limiting the jurisdiction and powers of the High Court of the Republic of Zambia in relation to writs or orders of the kind at present known as prerogative of writs or orders. Save with the leave of the court at present known as the Saa- Sikalo Kuta, no appeal shall lie from any decision of the courts at present known as the Barotse Native Courts given in exercise of the jurisdiction referred to in paragraph 3 of this article to the High Court of the Republic of Zambia.
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Abwenzi January 31, At am What do our Lozi brothers and sister want? There is no clause in the document above which states Barotseland should be an independent state seperate from the rest of Zambia. Instead of Barotseland to be indepedent, more development must go to that side of the country jst to restore hope to the people of the western pronvince. For the sake of peace and tranquility of africans, its high time you look for a leader from your area to lead Zambia.
Rejected Mwelwa Good to learn about the article. Let us adhere and develop Barotseland. No need to politicise the issue. Develop schools, hospitals, roads, agriculture, etc. There was a great neglect need to improve. Its true there is nowhere it is indiicated abt cessesion. But the issue that you have to knw is that before that Barotseland waz a separated state. How can they explain this if they are not given platform to air their views but instead they are charged with treason.
Kwa Mutonyo But the Government is building schools everywhere, constructing roads everywhere, am sure Barotseland is part of this development Li Chileshe Xhaho January 31, At am We need to be careful about this issue.
Points: 1. The general populace of Western Province is crying for development from Government. This is true for all the provinces. Lets face, Development needs to be applied to the whole country especially rural areas. Lets serious develop agric,tourism,manufacturing etc 2. The Litunga and BRE seem to have distanced themselves from their people and the locals have lost confidence in them.
The Litunga by Lozi culture does not mingle with the common man, people rarely see him. People even under the current arrangement, the Litunga could have used his influence to bring investment to the province like Chief Mukuni.
Among other issues, one may ask: Where is the Barotse Native Treasury? What empowerment has been done so far in line with the agreement? Above all was it even respected?
Hope Barotseland shall smile again. I shall take time to study it in detail. Otherwise, as far as I can see in chapter 10, all parties seemed to have agreed to revoke all previous agreements in the time foregoing Northern Rhodesia and Barotseland for the common interest of building a single nation we now call Zambia. It is shocking Kaunda has kept quiet on the BA without telling the nation the truth, and yet is the one who signed it. Shame to our leaders for not making the BA public especially in school books.
Our brothers and sisters have been killled, many injured and many in custody. What kind of leader is he. Y is he silent and his minions the BRE, the kuta and the mulongwanji. The BRE doesnt represent our people but the afairs of the Litunga and his family. All they say is we are distanting ourselves. Our people need to be heard but not to separate.
The Litunga is enjoying but few metres from his Palace people feed on mangoes that is y he doesnt care.
Li Chileshe Xhaho January 31, At am 4. What has been happening is that the GRZ has appeased the Litunga and the Lozi royals with high level appointments, scholarships etc. The common man has not benefited in these arrangements hence the problems we are witnessing.
This issue must be addressed in the national context other than Western Province alone. Suppose we were to witness rapid development in Western province. The other provinces especially where there are a lot of mineral resources shall complain. This isue needs to be handled carefully. Mwangi Bumbe Please, this is a non starter. Zambia is a republic! We are with One Zambia, One Nation!
These agreements have been overtaken by democracy. Imagine how many people have not read this in Zambia compared to Lets create a reading culture please and let development be seen everywhere no only along the line of rail. SEPISO January 31, At am I agree with you Namakau, but what i have just done is to phone my brothers and sisters back home not to involve themselves in this issue coz the Litunga is a puppet of the government as long as he is given money for Koumboka Ceremony, scholaship to take his family abroad, u think he can listen to what his people are saying.
Youths you will just die for nothing you dont have a king, but the government rep. The mixed people of the Western Province of Zambia may have a bone of contention with the Lusaka government here. But, the question is: who manages the Barotse Native Treasury and from where does it get its income? In the days of UNIP, Lozi people were part and parcel of government, indeed some occupied the two most senior posts after the President.
One Yeta was the most senior civil servant in Eastern Province! No one is blameless. It is surprising that the lawyers at a famous Zambian tabloids could not do this! It has given a lot of insight to many people. Zambia needs development everywhere. We still have many places that are extremely under developed. It is also important for the natives of these areas to assist in development.
I can imagine if all the retired people had to go back to their land. Zambia would probably have an even development rather concentrate in Lusaka and copper-belt. Yes, tax the local people and raise enough revenue to build Universities and fund other developmental projects. How I wish we also had copper!
Full Barotseland agreement of 1964
Whereas it was proposed that the northern Rhodesia shall become an independent sovereign state to be known as the republic of Zambia. Citation and commencement This agreement may be cited as the Barotseland Agreement and shall come into force on the day on which Northern Rhodesia, including Barotseland, becomes the independent sovereign Republic of Zambia. The Constitution of Zambia The constitution of the republic of Zambia shall include the provisions agreed upon for the inclusion herein at the constitutional conference held in London in May, relating to:- a the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of the individual; b the judiciary; and and those provisions shall have full force and effect in Barotseland. Administration of Justice 1 Subject to the provisions of this Agreement, the people of Barotseland shall be accorded the same rights of access to the high court of the republic of Zambia as are accorded to other citizens of the Republic under the laws for the time being in force in the Republic and a judge or judges of the high court selected from among the judges who normally sit in Lusaka shall regularly proceed on circuit in Barotseland at each intervals as the due administration of justice may require.
Barotseland Agreement 1964 Document
Land 1 In relation to land in Barotseland the arrangements set out in the annex hereto shall have effect. Civil Servants All public officers of the Government the Republic of Zambia who may from time to time be situated in Barotseland shall be officers serving on permanent and pensionable terms. Financial Responsibility The Government of the Republic of Zambia shall have the same general responsibility for providing financial support for the administration and economic development of Barotseland as it has for other parts of the Republic and shall ensure that, in discharge of this responsibility, Barotseland is treated fairly and equitably in relation to other parts of the Republic. Implementation The Government of the Republic of Zambia shall take such steps as may be necessary to ensure that the laws for the time being in force in the Republic are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement. Interpretation Any question concerning the interpretation of this Agreement may be referred by the Government of the Republic of Zambia to the High Court of the Republic for consideration in which case the opinion thereon of the Court shall be communicated to that Government and to the Litunga of Barotseland and his Council and any such question shall be so referred if the Litunga, acting after consultation with his Council, so requests. Revocation The herein before recited Agreement of the sixteenth day of April, is hereby revoked.
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