LEAKED: FULL Report And Resolutions Of The Barotse Royal Establishment Consultative Meeting Of The Barotse Traditional Council Held From 24th To 26th January 2024





Lealui – Limulunga

26 January 2024


_ FROM 24TH TO 26™ JANUARY 2024

PREAMBLE: The primary objective of the meeting was to find a common
position of the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) on the remarks by the
President of the Republic of Zambia His Excellency Mr. Hakainde Hichilema
that “there is no Barotseland’; in the face of the resultant widespread public
disquiet in Barotseland and the Zambian diaspora caused by the remarks.


The Right Hon Ngambela opened the meeting by welcoming the delegates.
He apologised for the short notice but the gravity of the matter at hand
militated against delaying the deliberations because of the heavy storms
hoovering in Barotseland, it was difficult to keep quiet. The public is upset
because of the President’s utterances. He had told the Permanent
Secretary Akapelwa that there is no Barotseland (Bulozi) and that he was
serious. This statement by the President has angered the people of
Barotseland. People are blaming the traditional leadership (Mulonga) for
not responding promptly

He further explained that the purpose of the meeting was to find a common
stand of the people of Barotseland represented here by all Senior Chiefs
and chiefs of Principalities (Regional Kutas) and chiefdoms and heads of
regional kutas and their indunas. We are accused of being quiet, what is
our stance on this matter? Namuso and regional kutas are overwhelmed by
numerous complaints from all over Barotseland and the diaspora
concerning the negative statement by the Republican President.

Finally, he reported that Presidential emissaries were sent to clarify the
President’s statement that there is no country called Barotseland.


The regional kutas present were called upon to present reports in the
following order; Kaungamashi, Namayula, Naliele, Mwandi, Libonda, Nalolo
and Lealui. Others were: Liumba, Nyengula, Kahumbu, Mwito, Nafioko,
and Njonjolo,

The unanimity of the presentations touched on various subject areas that
hinge on the neglect, marginalisation, indiscipline, arrogance, tribalism, and
segregation of Barotseland by institutionalised Government policies. The
latest negative Presidential statement is a culmination of the various
problems already manifested in the actions of successive Governments.

The people of Barotseland are disappointed by the conduct of the President
in that he has betrayed the trust that they had in giving him massive votes
during the 2021 tripartite elections. All the negative and disparaging
statements made by Government at various fora are targeted to belittle and
undermine the leadership of the Litunga’s authority and stature in
Barotseland. The people of Barotseland find solace and strength in their
anthem “Bulozi ‘fasi la bo Ndata’luna”.

The people of Barotseland are infuriated by being used as ladders for other
People to gain power and thereafter abandoned and left as the poorest
region in Zambia without basic industries, poor road infrastructure, poor
waterways, prevalent animal diseases and inadequate tertiary educational
institutions, such as public university or public colleges/specialised

While other regions in Zambia are free to call themselves by their own
native names or slogans, they are not labelled as secessionist or tribalists,
yet the name Barotseland is equated to secession and treasonable. Even
in Parliament Barotseland is declared un parliamentary language. We ask
why this discrimination?

What the President said about “no country called Barotseland” should not
be skirted to mean otherwise this must have come from deep inside his
heart, he said it deliberately knowing what he meant.

As regards dialogue, it is welcome although the meeting had some
misgivings because he cannot be the referee while at the same time the
negotiator. It was suggested that an arbitrator be found to help in any form
of dialogue between Barotseland and Zambia, Barotseland should also
reactivate its membership with Unrepresented Nations and Peoples
Organisation (UNPO) in order to publicise to the international community
her plight of denial for self-determination and recognition as a people
because of the abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement 1964.

Lealui – Limulunga


26™ January 2024

We the delegates from the Regional Principalities of Barotseland attending
the Consultative Meeting of the Barotse Traditional Council comprising Senior
Chiefs and Chiefs/Chieftainess in charge of Principalities and chiefdoms and
heads of regional kutas in Barotseland to discuss the Presidential statement
made on 18″ January 2024; during his address to a meeting of senior
Government officials at Mulungushi International Centre in Lusaka.

The statement was extensively covered on various media platforms including
the public media. The Barotse Royal Establishment took note of this
statement with great exception.

We reaffirm the existence of Barotseland and we are further to defend it to
the letter without fear or favour and at all costs.

We welcome the intimation by His Excellency President Hichilema to engage
with the Barotse Royal Establishment on this matter. It is our hope that this
can be done with a sense of urgency. We further

a) Affirm that we the people of Barotseland need not be intimidated by
the term “unitary state” because it is we that made it possible through
the unity treaty called the Barotseland Agreement 1964,

b) Commit to accept the olive branch from the President of the Republic
of Zambia to dialogue with the Barotse Royal Establishment,

c) Realising that the President of the Republic of Zambia has made a
statement refuting the existence of Barotseland that has angered the
majority of the people of Barotseland,

4) Aware of the continued failure and incapacity of the successive
Zambian governments to be honest and courageous enough towards
conclusively resolving the question of Barotseland impasse,

e) Assuring the people of Barotseland that the Barotse Royal
Establishment shall continue to represent their concerns regarding evolution of a good society devoid of any form of discrimination or

Now therefore we resolve as follows:-

  1. That the President of the Republic of Zambia His Excellency Mr.
    Hakainde Hichilema is welcome to come to Barotseland to explain or
    clarify his statement that there is no country called Barotseland.
  2. That in the spirit of mutual consideration, consultation and agreement,
    we call for serious engagement to dialogue over the Barotseland
    Impasse once and for all.
  3. That we call for improved cordial relationship between Provincial
    Administration and the Barotse Royal Establishment.
  4. That Barotseland’s quest for self-determination and self-rule should be seriously considered as the main subject of engagement of the dialogue that the President intends to engage the people of Barotseland.
  5. That the Barotseland Agreement 1964 must be reinstated with immediate effect and that the name Barotseland be reinstated as well.
  6. That the Barotse Royal Establishment should reactivate its membership to the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO).


  1. When the preamble is a fallacy…It is fake , a misrepresentation, I don’t read further, because it becomes nonsense. The President didn’t say there is no Barotse Land. President Hakainde Hichilema said , there is no Country by the name of Barotse Land in Zambia .. Period.
    And again I state ,there is Barotse Land, and there is Mbunda Land, Nkoya Land, Lunda Land, Ngoni Land….and n >73 Lands in Zambia. But these are not countries!
    That’s what the President said.

  2. For those who don’t know the so called Barotseland anthem is the Lesotho national anthem word for word. It was “imported” by a missionary called Coillard when he relocated from the then Basutoland, now Lesotho.

  3. The president was right there is no Barotseland in zambia. What else do you want the president to say.?In other countries this could be termed as mutiny. Some people in this country think they are superior than others.

  4. They lie that the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 is what made Barotseland a part of Zambia! Far from the truth. The Barotseland Agreement of 1964 was a last ditch effort by a Litunga who had been disappointed by his people because MaLozi people voted against his wishes. When it was apparent that Britain was granting Independence to Northern Rhodesia Litunga Mwanawina demanded to secede from Northern Rhodesia. The British said NO. Litunga and some white settlers who didn’t want Black rule sponsored a separatist party which was called Sicaba Party which was only active in Barotse Province! The Litunga and his ruling class unleashed violence on UNIP and ANC political activists and banned them from campaigning within Barotseland. The Litunga demanded that UNIP and ANC, the two Nationalistic Independence movement parties must not field candidates in Barotseland because they could never win against the Sicaba Party!

    The Governor of Northern Rhodesia told the Litunga that since he was so sure that UNIP and ANC could not win he should let them contest the elections in preparation for Independence.

    Litunga Mwanawina Lubosi told the Governor that if the Nationalist Movements would lose the Elections in Barotseland, then He would have the right to secede it from Northern Rhodesia before independence takes place.

    Barotseland had two Parliament seats! UNIP and ANC political activists were banned from campaigning mwa Bulozi and they had to campaign at night to avoid being lynched by the Litunga”s sponsored thugs! The Sicaba Party on the other hand were bought a Land Rover and funded to the tune of £240, which was a lot of money back then for campaigns! Despite the fact that the Litunga”s preferred Sicaba Party was campaigning freely throughout Barotseland in a Land Rover and had money to bribe voters with, while UNIP and ANC were banned from holding any campaign meetings in the Barotse Province, the two UNIP candidates, Mubiana Nalilungwe and Arthur Ñututluti Wina won with massive landslide victories.

    In 1963 demands were made that the Katengo should be made an elective body instead of having appointed representatives! Elections were organized and planned for January 1964. Again the Litunga and his ruling class at Namuso (Lyaaluyi) backed the Sicaba regionalist party and demanded that if it won those Katengo Élections, then Barotseland would march to independence as a separate country! Again the results were a disaster for the Litunga Mwanawina 3. UNIP which was banned from campaigning within Barotseland again scooped all the 25 Katengo seats!

    That UNIP victory is what killed the Litunga Mwanawina’s secession wishes. The people of Bulozi had spoken through the Ballot that they wanted to be part of the Nation of Zambia. The people of Bulozi outright rejected their Litunga”s selfish motivés by voting against the Litunga’s wish. Because the Sicaba Party failed to win even a single seat in the Katengo Mwanawina had no moral standing to demand for Secession. Mwanawina was using those elections as a referendum for him to secede if the Nationalist Movements lost against his preferred Sicaba party! To his disappointment the United National Independence Party (UNIP) which was the party he hated the most won both the Katengo and Parliamentary Elections with landslides.

    The Malozi had stabbed their Litunga in the back. Mwanawina was stranded because his desire was thwarted by his own people through the ballot. Following this disappointment, Mwanawina appealed to the Secretary for the Colonies on how to preserve his rights and privileges under the new Government! The newly elected near future Prime Minister of soon to be independent Northern Rhodesia, Kenneth Kaunda and Litunga Sir Mwanawina were invited to England where the Barotseland greement was signed.

    Contrary to what the Secession propagandists tell you the Barotseland Agreement was not a marriage certificate between Barotseland and Zambia. Barotseland was already an integral part of Zambia (Former Northern Rhodesia). What the Barotseland Agreement did was to safeguard Mwanawina’s selfish interests which he failed to secure through his Sicaba Party. The Agreement gave Mwanawina powers to have his own taxation system, powers over management of forests, etc. The Agreement did not create Zambia. Zambia already existed as Northern Rhodesia – one entity that was governed by one Governor representing. Barotseland was simply a Protectorate within that Colony of Northern Rhodesia!

    You may be wondering why the MaLozi voted against the wishes of their Litunga and chose to back one of the Nationalist Movements instead of the Sicaba Party! According to my late grandfather, The MaLozi people didn’t want to be indirectly colonized by the White Settlers from Southern Rhodesia (Now Zimbabwe) Those white settlers are the ones who bought the Land Rover and provided the £240 for the Sicaba Party. By voting for the Sicaba Party, the MaLozi people would have sold Barotseland to the financiers of that regionalist party who would obviously want to reap some benefits from the victory of the party they sponsored! The other reason was that the majority MaLozi never ascribed to Litunga Mwanawina’s desire to secede Barotseland from the rest of the country. Third, the Litunga received massive financial support from the UK government which benefited only the Litungas and their immediate families and dependants and not the majority MaLozi people! In short our Litungas have been selfish, self centered gluttonous manipulators who used those financial resources on themselves and those close to them. And this is the case to date. The educated MaLozi back then felt that if that selfish clique was given the opportunity to handle their affairs, the status quo would remain!

    That is the History they don’t want you to know! The BA 1964 was not a marriage between Zambia and Bulozi! The BA 1964 was a desperate attempt by a Litunga who had lost the support of his people to salvage some economic authority!

    You may be wondering why Kaunda signed it. UNIP was in a hurry to free this country from colonial rule. The Litunga’s manœuvres were delaying the march towards independence!

    Even those saying if they attained Political Power, they would restore the Agreement are liars! If you read that agreement you’d notice that it indirectly creates a “state within a state”, and no president will ever grant that, not even a Mulozi President will tolerate it

  5. Wake up Lozis. The Litunga and his gang are not advocating for democracy, or for your freedom to choose your leaders or for you one day to become leaders of that province, they are advocating for a dictatorship where ONLY they rule you own you and own the ground you walk on. They are selfish greedy people who think they are better than you because of the womb they came from. Sickening and retrogressive and archaic. Everything they advocating a world of yesterday with zero plans but full of greed.

  6. The BA1964 provides for petitioning the High Court of Zambia in the event of dissatisfaction by either party and not separation or secession by Barotseland from Zambia or expulsion of Barotseland from Zambia by Zambia. There’s no record that this option has been exercised by either party, nor is there an explanation why this option has not been exercised. Instead we have seen that the Barotse Royal Establishment has engaged in correspondence with successive Zambian governments over the BA1964 issue. While the BRE has made public some of its correspondence to the government, the government has not disclosed its replies.
    In spite of whatever has happened, there’s no denying that there’s an issue that requires attention in Western province/Barotseland. It’s a testament to the maturity of Zambians that the situation in Barotseland remains peaceful in spite of the infantile language of some youths and even adults such as Samuel Kalimukwa. The latest statement from the BRE suggests that government has been in touch. I see the beginning of discussions to resolve the Barotse question.

  7. Why do we waste time on none issues. How can anyone in this age and era advocate for the the restoration of feudalism?

    The British granted indipendence to Tanganyika and Zanzibar, but we’re only prepared to grant indipendence to Northern Rhodesia. Inspite of Litunga Sir Mwanawinas pleadings, the British totally refused to grant indipendence to Barosteland, why?

    • It’s not a none issue. It’s a big issue but it’s not urgent as there are no people dying due to the status quo. Barotse people have the vote and are also actively and voluntarily participating in all aspects of life in Zambia. What is surprising is how the Barotse Royal Establishment responds to dissenting voices from Mbundas and Nkoyas.

  8. I am sorry to those who keep saying there is no BAROTSELAND and that this is a fallacy. Sorry, because documents are there to prove that. And I am sorry to say this, because this is the more reason why even the late President Kenneth D Kaunda (MHSRIP), tried to please Lozis by appointing most of them as Prime Ministers more than other tribes in the so-called Zambia.

    Secondly, where do you think Dr. Kaunda got the motto: One Zambia One Nation??? He formed this idealogy which is still being used TODAY from the acceptance of the LOZIs to join the Northern Rhodesia to gain POLITICAL INDEPENDENCE THROUGH THE BA 1964 AGREEMENT. Read your History instead of confusing the masses!! The so-called Zambia is fortunate because this is involves the very HUMBLE AND CONSERVATIVE LOZIs. Had it involved some tribes that I won’t mention, the so-called Zambia would not be there today. PERIOD!!!


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