Why Is Hichilema Panicking Over Suggestions On The Barotseland Problem?- Fred M’membe

Dr. Fred M'membe


We have noted the panic and desperation from Mr Hakainde Hichilema, who has issued an uphauling and unhinged reaction to our submission on the Barotseland Agreement through the State House Communication Specialist Clayson Hamasaka.

Clearly, they are having sleepless nights on this issue and they have gone flat out to lie and distort our message using Mr Hichilema’s traditional online guerilla media channels like Koswe and the Zambian Watchdog that are run by the State House media team. They have no sensible argument to present hence the panic and desperation!

It is no longer a secret that Mr Hichilema and his corrupt tribal puppet regime are unable to engage in ideas that will progress the country. Typical of them, even the rebuttal from Mr Hichilema through Hamasaka where he is trying to engage in personalized attacks on me exposes their incapacity to handle delicate national affairs with maturity and sobriety.

In fact, this statement is an admission that the ideas we are advancing in our effort to provide checks and balances seem to be beyond their comprehension. But the surprise is that what we are suggesting is not even complex but given their hollow and ignorant response, you can easily see that they are unable to understand even simple and straightforward ideas in plain language.

What will be unconstitutional about proposing changes in the law to accommodate policies and ideas that benefit and largely empower our people through their traditional and religious leaders? What is unconstitutional about people deciding together, building together to transform their communities, districts, regions, and eventually transform themselves? What is unconstitutional about guaranteeing growth in fraternal love – unity in diversity?

But again, in an unlikely event that probably Mr Hichilema and his league have understood what we are proposing then their response speaks of fear that power will go to the people because they would rather confine our traditional leaders to ceremonial status, which we are heavily objecting to.

The Litunga, the Chitimukulu, the Gawa, Mpezeni, Mwata Kazembe, Ndungu, Ishindi, Kapijimpanga, Malembeka, Serenje and many other respected traditional leaders of this country should not be reduced and confined to a ceremonial status when they have the wisdom, capacity as well as concern for the people, which places them in a better place than a distant central government to run the affairs of the people and drive development.

For almost 60 years, we have pretended that only the people in Lusaka headed by the occupant of State House know better the needs of the people, which is a lie. We have abandoned the heritage of our country, which is essentially based on traditional leadership. These traditional leaders understand not just the local economics but also the social, cultural and political fabric of their communities and regions and we are convinced this gives them the best foot forward to effectively achieve two important things; drive and enhance local development as well as guide the central government on many issues i.e. the country’s development path, national unity and co- existence, and so on and so forth.

We know that the revolutionary democracy we are proposing has unsettled them because they have already shown their insatiable appetite for power and control. Actually, the excitement Mr Hichilema is displaying for power, control and wealth speaks of his inability to govern this country equitably.

Like we have said before, our desire is not to monopolize power and wealth like Mr Hichilema is doing. We want to build and transform the country together as one people. And if devolving power to the communities, districts and provinces is what will bring development then why not devolve?

For us, we are not interested in power to enrich ourselves but to change the livelihoods of our people for the better.

Fred M’membe
President of Socialist Party


  1. Mr Fred change your style of politics or else even the new in UKA will over take you.The traditional leaders you want to bring into politics doesn’t work others tried it and they so that it is not workable.You still insist we advise you for free.Kiza mina zeo ndate.

  2. Am lozi from western province but don’t agree that we should be wasting time discussing this issue at this time when there so many developmental issues that need to be discussed to progress the living standards of our people. Simple logic that needs no politicisation Zambia was born from two parents namely barotseland and Eastern northern Rhodesia. Just the children we have with our wives or husbands can’t be swallowed back where they came from or killed because the mother and father have fought of divorced. Children continue to exist even after the parents have differed or divorced. Similarly Zambia should continue to exist regardless what went wrong with it’s parents because it can’t be wished away. As patriotic as I am I feel people are just using this issue for their personal benefit not for the masses. Once some people achieve their goals this issue will die down again. Government is just being blackmailed and it’s about time it puts an end to this blackmail that has for many years benefited a few people at the expense of the majority. We don’t need this issue not now when we are grappling with do many economic and social challenges

  3. Your obsession with HH will kill you. Look who is talking about personalized attacks! Is that what not your political outbursts have been about? People let’s remind him that he defrauded the govt of taxes, he is a tax thief that led to his business being closed throwing hundreds of employees out of employment. He is also a homosexual, according to one witness Kabimba. Why is this govt allowing this thief and homosexual space to blast his propaganda?

    • Well said. That is all Mmembe is. Once we all realise this and how he imposed hinself as Socialist Party leader it will lead to the demise of the Party.
      The man who is VP is actually the person who should lead the Party. Do we see him making irrational personal statements? The Party needs to recall Mmembe. He has no credibilty

  4. Mmembe you seem to thrive on issues like this. HH isnt panicing. The only person making a Mountain out of mole hill, is you.
    @ Deal, well said. We spend too much time discussing things that are not productive and wonder why the cost of living is high? When few people produce, it raises demand. Lets focus on issues that raise our standard of living.
    The BRE and their comments dont help either, with people like that how does a nation progress? They are not politicians. Do you see Buckingham Palace making running commentaries, they are supposed to be a royal establishment. Let them co-opt renowned PR people who understand tradition as well as the modern era…

  5. I don’t know why people comment on what this dog writes. The man is bitter from head to toes. He doesn’t sleep over HH because he said the Bantustans cannot rule. And this scrap must forget about any votes from Southern, western and Northeesten . He is dead in 2026


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