MBUNDA ROYAL ESTABLISHMENT
P. O. BOX 940079
Monday 22” January, 2024
As a prominent Royal Establishment of a historically indigenous Mbunda
speaking population, domiciled in the Western Province of the Republic of
Zambia, we wish to place it on record that we fully support His Excellency Mr.
Hakainde Hichilema, President of the Republic of Zambia following his
pronouncement that there is no such country called Barotseland.
Our thorough scrutiny of the most modem world map has failed to yield the result of any
location of a country or territory anywhere called Barotseland. And therefore
claims to revert to the supposed original status as Barotseland or the restoration
of the defunct Barotseland Agreement (B.A.) 1964 are an instigation of rebellion
against an established and internationally recognized State of the Republic of
Similarly, the B.A, 1964 cannot be reclaimed and restored as it is contrary to the
Law that establishes Zambia as a Republic which does not provide for the
‘operation of a state within a State. A Republic is governed by one law that covers
the entire territory and not a part of it. Further the so called Barotseland cannot
function as a kingdom because a kingdom is established by the existence of only
‘one ethnic grouping unlike Western Province which is inhabited by multiple
indigenous ethnic groups among them Mbunda which is the largest single
language group in terms of population size. And the boundaries of Barotseland
should not be reduced to Western Province which is a government established
administrative jurisdiction alongside wards, constituencies and districts.
Therefore as Mbunda speaking people we are neither party to the hullabaloo
surrounding the fictitious existence of the state of Barotseland nor are we
‘available for any rebellious actions in support of the quest for Barotseland. We
firmly stand with Government in promoting Zambia as a unitary State and we
invite President Hakainde Hichilema to embrace Mbundas in Western Province
as they have no bone to chew with his Government.
K. Nyumbu’ (Mr)
District Secretary – Kaoma
Mbunda Royal Council