Nkoya chief threatens government

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Chief Mutondo of the Nkoya speaking people in Kaoma district has threatened that there will be bloodshed if government will fund the expansion of Naliele royal palace of the Barotse Royal Establishment claiming that the palace is squatting illegally in his chiefdom.

Speaking in Nkoya language through his interpreter, the former Ambassador to Malaysia under the Chiluba administration, Crispin Shumina, he warned Western provincial Minister Obvious Mwaliteta and said the Naliele “Palace” was established in 1936 as a village for the native authority. This was when Mwaliteta paid a courtesy call on him yesterday.

He said Naliele palace was occupied by a prince and not a chief and wondered why today the prince has become a Senior chief of the district in his chiefdom and complained that this is what is causing problems in Kaoma.

Chief Mutondo accused the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) of suppressing other tribes to which he said he cannot succumb.

He said that Nkoya speaking people want peace, but demanded that Naliele palace should be removed from Kaoma in order to maintain what he called harmony in the district.

Shaken by the chief’s words, Mwaliteta explained that it was not government policy to interfere with the traditional matters and that if chiefs want to appoint representatives in the councils they were free to do so. He also appealed to Chief Mutondo to embrace dialogue through the already established government structures and channels.

“It is not the issue of shedding blood but dialogue so that an amicable solution is attained through all peaceful means”, said Mr Mwaliteta.

Ailing dictator Michael Sata has been inetrfering in various traditional affairs by threatening chiefs with dissenting views with degazzetting. Last week Sata withdrew the recognition of the current senior chief Mwamba of the Bemba people of Kasama in a bid to control who becomes the new Paramount Chief Chitimukulu expected to be chosen soon.

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    fruta planta - May 14, 2013
    18:57

  2. All chiefs in Barotseland should be united because what is needed now is development and politicians should not use the chiefs for their selfish ambitions.How can some one a former ambassadar fail to advise his chief about the dangers of tribal strifes.

    namusunga - May 14, 2013
    09:55

  3. The barotse will hount those who abrogated the BA 64.

    Namusunga - May 13, 2013
    15:56

  4. Chief Mutondo is an anarchist who must be caged. He needs to go to Lealui to learn that Bulozi is infact not a tribe but a nation. He must also be asked to produce a title deed for Kaoma or Mankoya district which he claims is for Nkoyas alone. Shumina is equally dull and very tribalistic. I personally worked with him and found him to have been full of pride and tribally inclined. After all, what do the Nkoyas want to do with Kaoma? We are not even able to utilise the land they claim is theirs. Our main occupation is to work on people’s farms while ours remain undone.
    I personally wish Shumina could prevail on our poor, immotional chief and advise him against issuing statements which boarder on violence. Long gone are the times of Shaka. now we demand peace in all it’s forms and meaning. Does Mutondo even go to church? Shame! If his wish is to shed blood, he must donate his first because we are not ready to shed ours while fighting our own brothers and sisters. Kutokwa zibo kwaluna kwa swabisa bati.

    Shimunika.

    francis - May 13, 2013
    09:32

  5. I wonder, does a statement like this border on a threaten?! telling someone about the sentimentalism obtaining on the ground, is a timely friendly warning. how else would the Royalty do this. Long live indegenous Western Province chief?

    cretty - May 13, 2013
    08:37

  6. What a silly clown this little headman is! He should stick eating sugarcane and defiling young girls and leave the BRE out of his rotten mouth.

    Bobby Digital - May 13, 2013
    06:10

  7. this is all nosense by these lozi chaps nd they collegues i have no comment me iam a lamba fm mshili ndola rural :thanks modern slaves

    gkc - May 12, 2013
    21:11

  8. Insults shall not work, nkoyas cannot take it any more. Limata is promoting the brother and out of despair, she has advised PF to appoint a refugee Chiseke to chiefs affairs minister. What is in a gazette! Nkoyas have gone through this before and this time no pressure shall move them. Come to Kaoma if you bloggers are worth of your insulting statements. Shumina is a seasoned politician and diplomat, he was clear. Ask the press for a complete recording of the speech. By the way, why blame a conveyor belt. Do not kill the mes-sager.

    muhupule - May 12, 2013
    20:47

  9. It will be good reading for historian to note that in the digital era when engineers are making progress in digital migration, Western Province is awash with 1900 issues. What kind civilization should allow tribal apartheid in Zambia a country that fought against ethnic dominance. The minister will agree that no proper and sane human being can support the no sense of tribes claiming to be better than others on account of a fake document signed by a Malawian settler and his friends from South Africa, supported by colonial office. The Luvale beat lozis out of Zambia. Govt must own up!

    muhupule - May 12, 2013
    20:35

    • kikikikiki kwena wansekesha ati better than others on……….hahahahahahahahahahhhhah.

      Inxosana - May 13, 2013
      10:19

      • I’m yet to hear of a tribe without a fair share{as dictated by nature}of intellectuals,the wise,prostitutes,retards,alcoholics and imbeciles.

        Inxosana - May 13, 2013
        10:38

  10. Chief Mutongo was UN illiterate kapaso. Even now he is still irretarate; he doesn’t even know how to speak English. He is talking about blood shed that’s anarchy. His go Know powers to say what he said .The Litunga of Barotseland is Just a peaceful person otherwise he should have exercise his powers by overthrown Induna Mutondo who never went through the LOZI tradition initiation inauguration ceremony as a Chief.

    Let him Just talk about developmental Issues than the war he is trying to cause himself because when the metal bar get heated he will fail to withstand the pressure. LOZI’s are very peaceful people and I can assure Induna Mutonda that Let him stop, issuing baseless threats. His scaring NO one but causing trouble to himself.

    Mwana Mulozi - May 12, 2013
    20:04

  11. What is wrong with this chief? is he mad? not long ago we were told he is now Paramount chief of the Nkoya, now he wants to be senior chief again what is wrong man?????
    Do you really think you can fight the Barotse Nation???? These people are alread wounded they are like wounded Baffalos so don’t bring confusion please. And this Shumina guy should stop misleading his ignorant chief.

    magesi - May 12, 2013
    19:25

  12. Chief Mutondo must be arrested for threatening bloodshed on Zambian citizens. If not GRZ should dethrone him. We cant have a Chief preaching bloodshed in this day and age. Shame on Chief Mutondo.

    Mbili Mutengilenji Shaka - May 12, 2013
    19:20

  13. Mmmmm! Sata be care full. Dictatorship has got its own effects.

    Real zambian - May 12, 2013
    19:14

  14. that chief is just foolish the same government that is feeding he is busy threatening it as poor as he is very stopped chief full of water in his head!

    progress munenga - May 12, 2013
    19:08

  15. To hell with sentimements of this ka chief mutondo. U shud have respect for govt. U eat pf cash bt now u want to bite the finger that feeds u. Without GRZ, BRE would have dealt with u. Thank God for HE MC Sata who supports even tu temba chiefs like iwe.

    Shokolo Kubbangosha - May 12, 2013
    17:45

    • please mutondo is not warning the pf government is teling pipo the truth
      all zambians no what is talking about. only that u dont check both sides of the coin. naliele is creating problems in western province they have come with up withlinyungandambo BFM. and they are fighting litunga,the chief doesen twant problems in mankoya land.

      david kumbana - May 12, 2013
      19:11

  16. How sad, I was expecting chief Mutondo to be very knowledgeable in history as he should be its custodian. It is much easier to be bribed and corrupted by politicians who come and go while our customs and traditions stay. Does he have to yield to being used to cause confusion in his region. People will hold him accountable and even the large amount received will not protect him. Let him revisit his history and do the right thing for his people and himself.imutakwandu King Mwanawina had Konya blood. Mwene Mutondo should know this unless he himself is a fake one who wants to impose his personal views on what everyone knows to be a fact. We have been one all the time and anyone bringing division in us becomes any enemy of the people. Litunga ni lwetu.

    Mac-Ackson - May 12, 2013
    17:37

  17. DOES CHIEF MUTONDO HAVE POWER TO THREATEN OTHER TRIBES RESIDING IN THAT PLACE?

    HAS HE FORGOTTEN THAT IT IS THE BRE THAT STOPPED THE KAONDES FROM GETTING THAT LAND?

    HAS HE FORGOTTEN THAT IT WAS THE LITUNGA WHO GAVE THEM THAT LAND TO, THAT GO AND SETTLE IN THE FOREST ONLY?

    NKOYAS SHOULD GROW UP ANS STOP BLAMING EVERYONE THAT THEY ARE BEING SURPRESSED. WAS MULENA MWANAWINA EVER SURPRESSED WHEN HE, BEING NKOYA, BECAME LITUNGA?

    IF MWENE MUTONDO FEELS THAT BLOODSHED WILL SOLVE HIS PROBLEMS, HE IS MOST WELCOME TO START IT HIMSELF.

    RESTRAINT IS GODLINESS AND THE BRE HAS SHOWN THAT

    tobolo - May 12, 2013
    16:52

  18. Chief mutondo has become big headed because grz is funding him to rebel against BRE. However, we have no pity on BRE on this one, even if we know chief mutondo is a fool who is bitting the finger that has fed him. In case he does not know, kaoma was ran through the palace at limulunga, and also Zambezi. Chief mutondo does not own kaoma, and he is a tribalist.

    sipula hibajene - May 12, 2013
    16:25

  19. This is not an issue. However for Mutondo to issue such a threat boardering on advocating tribal disturbances, the minister should have advised him that it is an offence punishable to life imprisonment on conviction. Ignorance is not a defence at law. Mutondo should be charged and prosecuted to bring sanity. Secondly Mutondo has no claim to Kaoma because his forefathers came to Barotseland as refugees. Therefore we shall not accept refugees who want to kick us out of our land for giving them sanctuary. Let him go back to the Humbus who chased them for being disobedient instead of creating unnecessary wrangles with his hosts.

    nyambe - May 12, 2013
    16:19

  20. Mutondo wa Manenga wene wobe wa limata lya mvula. Uyoye mweene yetu.Lela Nkoya shiwahe hekulu.

    Tateyoyo - May 12, 2013
    15:16

  21. WHAT A GOVERNMENT WITH NO PROPER PROGRAM FOR THE NATION. WHAT IS ZAMBIA’S AGENDA BETWEEN NOW AND 2016? WHY CONFUSIONS ALL OVER AND ALL THE TIME?

    COONDE - May 12, 2013
    14:38

  22. WHAT A GOVERNMENT WITH NO PROPER PROGRAM FOR THE NATION. WHAT IS ZAMBIA’S AGENDA BETWEEN NOW AND 2016?

    COONDE - May 12, 2013
    14:37

  23. Kikikikikiki,Dr sata

    Dot com - May 12, 2013
    14:33

  24. Zambians, try 2 create peaceful atmosphere.

    Ospher lungu - May 12, 2013
    14:31

  25. Mutondo iz jst foolish.

    Kaix - May 12, 2013
    14:12

  26. This is what KK said in 1964 “SPEECH BY THE PRIME MINISTER KENNETH KAUNDA AT A MEETING HELD AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE BAROTSE GOVERNMENT AT LEALUI ON THURSDAY, 6TH AUGUST 1964.
    THE MEETING WAS ATTENDED BY THE LITUNGA AND MEMBERS OF THE BAROTSE GOVERNMENT.
    I have listened to your kind words of welcome with great appreciation and interest and I am very happy to be able to make this visit to Lealui today and meet you all. It had… been my hope to make an earlier visit to Barotseland, but unfortunately owing to pressure of work I have been unable to do so. As I said in the letter which I wrote to all Chiefs in the country shortly after the present Government assumed office in January of this year, it is my wish to visit as soon as possible all the Chiefs. It has been difficult, however, to fit in as many visits as I would have wished owing to my many other pre-occupations­, but I am very glad that I am able to make this visit today.

    1. I am also very pleased that it has been possible for so many of the Barotse Chiefs and other members of the Royal Family, and other members of the Barotse Government to be present here today.

    2. I am aware that many changes are taking place in Northern Rhodesia at the present time. This is inevitable as the country prepares itself for independence, and I realise that to many some of the changes come as something of a shock. It is my wish to explain to you this morning the reasons for some of these changes and to explain exactly what is intended by them. I think you will agree that so often the cause of misunderstandin­g is a lack of information, and if a proper explanation can be given of the reasons for changes they can more easily be understood and accepted.
    First of all I want to explain briefly the changes that are taking place as a result of the reorganisation of the Provincial Administration.­ I explained the reasons for these changes, and precisely what they entailed, to the House of Chiefs, at which of course, the four Barotse Representatives­ were present, and I have no doubt that my explanations have been brought to the attention of you Sir Mwanawina and of the Barotse Government. However, I think it would be useful if I briefly tell you precisely what is intended.

    3. When the new system comes into operation at the beginning of September, the former Provincial Administration will be known as Provincial and District government. The intention behind the change is to achieve a separation of the executive, local government and the court functions of the former Provincial organisation, and in place of the Resident Commissioner and Provincial Commissioners, and the District Commissioners – all of whom have played such a valuable role in the past in the administration and development of the country – there will be at each Provincial Headquarters a Resident Secretary, and at District Headquarters a District Secretary, who will be men who are at present serving in the Provincial Administration.

    4. An Under Minister will be appointed to each Province as the personal representative of the Prime Minister – and after Independence of the President. In Barotseland the Under Minister will be a direct link between the Litunga and the Central Government, and he will be particularly responsible to the Prime Minister – and later the President – to ensure that the Barotseland Agreement, which was made in London immediately after the , Independence Conference in May, is being honoured. It will be no part of the functions of the Under Minister to interfere in the day-to-day running of the Barotse Government.

    5. The Under Minister will be responsible for ensuring that Government policy is being carried out, and in Barotseland, as in the Southern Province, since the person selected as Under Minister has been a civil servant, I have decided that a Political adviser should be appointed to assist and advise him in the political aspects of his post.

    In order to ensure that there is no misunderstandin­g as to the position and role of the political adviser, I would like to explain in some detail precisely what is intended by the appointment.

    An important part of the Under Minister’s functions will be his position as Chairman of the Development Team. He will be responsible for seeing that the Government’s development plans are carried out and to ensure that there is co-ordination between the various departments of Government.

    6. In this task the Political adviser will assist him in dealing with any political difficulties that may arise in the implementation of the plan and in helping him with its general implementation in ensuring for instance, that the people, and the political parties, understand what precisely is being done, and why. After very careful consideration I have decided that the political adviser in Barotseland should be Mr. Lisselo. As the senior representative of the governing party – the United National Independence Party in Barotseland – he is the logical choice for the post, and as I have said, his main function will aspects of his job. He will particularly advise him on party matters and on the attitude of the party to various events and happenings as they occur. I would like to make it quite clear that the post of political adviser will be directly concerned with the functions of the Under Minister, and the political adviser will have no authority to deal with or interfere in the affairs of the Barotse Government.

    7. He will have an office in the Office of the Under Minister where the Resident Secretary will also have his office. I should add that the Resident Secretary will be in overall charge of the Government’s administration,­ and he will have a co-ordinating function in regard to the activities of the Government departments in Barotseland. The relationship between the Resident Secretary and the Under Minister will be a similar relationship to that of Permanent Secretary to a Minister.

    8. The Resident Secretary will be the chief official adviser to the Under Minister just as the Resident Commissioner has advised the Government in the past. The Resident Secretary and the political adviser will thus have quite separate responsibilitie­s and functions will aspects of his job. He will particularly advise him on party matters and on the attitude of the party to various events and happenings as they occur. I would like to make it quite clear that the post of political adviser will be directly concerned with the functions of the Under Minister, and the political adviser will have no authority to deal with or interfere in the affairs of the Barotse Government.

    7. He will have an office in the Office of the Under Minister where the Resident Secretary will also have his office. I should add that the Resident Secretary will be in overall charge of the Government’s administration,­ and he will have a co-ordinating function in regard to the activities of the Government departments in Barotseland. The relationship between the Resident Secretary and the Under Minister will be a similar relationship to that of Permanent Secretary to a Minister.

    8. The Resident Secretary will be the chief official adviser to the Under Minister just as the Resident Commissioner has advised the Government in the past. The Resident Secretary and the political adviser will thus have quite separate responsibilitie­s and functions and one will not interfere with the other.

    In each district the role of District Secretary will be to ensure the co-ordination of Government activities in the District, and the implementation of Government policy and the Government’s development plan in the District. District Secretaries will be responsible to the Resident Secretary and they will also co-operate with the District Heads of Kutas.

    9. I hope that by this explanation I have cleared away any misunderstandin­gs that may have occurred as to the Government’s plans for the reorganisation of the Provincial Administration and dispelled any fears that may have existed as to the role of the Under Minister and of his political adviser.

    I have explained all this in some detail since I want the division of functions between the persons to be appointed to these posts to be clearly understood by all. I hope that it will be appreciated that each has a particular and important role to play in the good government of the country, and that at the same time the Barotse Government has its own particular role. There is no intention that these new appointments should in any way change the role of the Barotse Government.

    10. The Under Minister, the Resident Secretary and the Political Adviser also have their own particular part to play and I am confident that if there is understanding of what the part of each is, there will be the fullest co-operation between the Barotse Government and the Central Government representatives­. I wish to emphasize that the new organisation is intended to improve the co-operation that has taken place in the past and is not in any way intended to reduce the powers or responsibility of the Barotse Government. I am most anxious, as are my, Ministers, to ensure that the development of our country proceeds as rapidly as possible, and the machinery which is being devised is in order to ensure that the development plans should proceed with the maximum speed and to the maximum advantage of all our people. In this I am certain that we shall receive the wholehearted co-operation of the Barotse Government.
    11. I should now like to turn to the Barotseland Agreement which was reached in London in May, and I wish to give an assurance that it is the Government’s full intention that the Barotseland Agreement will be honoured fully after Independence. I believe that the Agreement reached in London was an honourable Agreement from the point of view of both the Central Government and the Barotseland Government, and I believe that the way to ensure that it is implemented to the advantage of us all is by loans of a close personal relationship between the Litunga and the Prime Minister – and later the President – through the Under Minister.
    12. I am very glad that the basis of this Agreement is that Barotseland is an integral part of Zambia, and I can assure you, Sir Mwanawina, and all Members of the Barotse Royal Family and of the Barotse Government, that the Government has no wish to interfere with the day-to-day running of the internal affairs of Barotseland. This is the responsibility of the Barotse Government and the intention of the Central Government will be no more than to give to the Barotse Government its maximum assistance and co-operation.

    I can give an absolute assurance that the customary rights in land in Barotseland will remain with the Litunga and National Council, and the District Heads of Kutas, and the Government is satisfied that Government requirements for land for development projects in Barotseland will receive the active co-operation of the Barotse Government. This is all that the Central Government asks for and I am sure that there need be, and will be, no difficulty with regard to land, the use of land, and land rights in Barotseland.

    13. As you, Sir Mwanawina, and the Barotse Government are aware, the responsibility for local government matters in Barotseland has now been transferred from my portfolio to that of the Minister of Local Government. This, as I explained in my letter to you, Sir Mwanawina, was necessary owing to pressure of work, but I believe that it will be found that there will be advantage to Barotseland to have direct access to the specialist services of the Ministry of Local Government in this most important sphere.
    4. The senior Local Government Officer should be posted to Mongu very shortly, and it will be this officer’s responsibility to advise the Barotse Government on all local government matters and on the implementation of the Barotse Reforms.

    I should like before I close to congratulate you, Sir Mwanawina, and the Barotse Government on the wisdom of accepting the Barotse Reforms and I was extremely pleased to note the very large measure of agreement which was reached on all sides on the form in which the Reforms should take.

    15. I think that they are very progressive measures and I am sure that their implementation will receive the support and the co-operation of all the Barotse people. It is inevitable that there should be some difficulties and misunderstandin¬g to begin with in implementing such big changes, but they are, I am sure, merely teething troubles which with goodwill and understanding on all sides can be resolved. I appreciate that such radical changes to the old order are difficult for some to accept at once and I may say that I admire the manner in which they have been accepted by those who were formerly members of the executive government of Barotseland many of whom I am glad to note are now filling other important posts in the country.

    16. The experience and wisdom of all will be required in shaping the future and I want to make it clear that the Government respects the traditions of the past and has no intention of advocating change merely for the sake of change. We are all proud of our heritage and we are determined to preserve all that is good in it.

    Thank you, Sir Mwanawina, and all of you who are present, for listening to me so attentively, and if there are any questions which anyone would like to ask me I should be very pleased to answer them.

    Thank you.”

    namusunga - May 12, 2013
    13:31

  27. SPEECH BY THE PRIME MINISTER KENNETH KAUNDA AT A MEETING HELD AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE BAROTSE GOVERNMENT AT LEALUI ON THURSDAY, 6TH AUGUST 1964.
    THE MEETING WAS ATTENDED BY THE LITUNGA AND MEMBERS OF THE BAROTSE GOVERNMENT.
    I have listened to your kind words of welcome with great appreciation and interest and I am very happy to be able to make this visit to Lealui today and meet you all. It had… been my hope to make an earlier visit to Barotseland, but unfortunately owing to pressure of work I have been unable to do so. As I said in the letter which I wrote to all Chiefs in the country shortly after the present Government assumed office in January of this year, it is my wish to visit as soon as possible all the Chiefs. It has been difficult, however, to fit in as many visits as I would have wished owing to my many other pre-occupations­, but I am very glad that I am able to make this visit today.

    1. I am also very pleased that it has been possible for so many of the Barotse Chiefs and other members of the Royal Family, and other members of the Barotse Government to be present here today.

    2. I am aware that many changes are taking place in Northern Rhodesia at the present time. This is inevitable as the country prepares itself for independence, and I realise that to many some of the changes come as something of a shock. It is my wish to explain to you this morning the reasons for some of these changes and to explain exactly what is intended by them. I think you will agree that so often the cause of misunderstandin­g is a lack of information, and if a proper explanation can be given of the reasons for changes they can more easily be understood and accepted.
    First of all I want to explain briefly the changes that are taking place as a result of the reorganisation of the Provincial Administration.­ I explained the reasons for these changes, and precisely what they entailed, to the House of Chiefs, at which of course, the four Barotse Representatives­ were present, and I have no doubt that my explanations have been brought to the attention of you Sir Mwanawina and of the Barotse Government. However, I think it would be useful if I briefly tell you precisely what is intended.

    3. When the new system comes into operation at the beginning of September, the former Provincial Administration will be known as Provincial and District government. The intention behind the change is to achieve a separation of the executive, local government and the court functions of the former Provincial organisation, and in place of the Resident Commissioner and Provincial Commissioners, and the District Commissioners – all of whom have played such a valuable role in the past in the administration and development of the country – there will be at each Provincial Headquarters a Resident Secretary, and at District Headquarters a District Secretary, who will be men who are at present serving in the Provincial Administration.

    4. An Under Minister will be appointed to each Province as the personal representative of the Prime Minister – and after Independence of the President. In Barotseland the Under Minister will be a direct link between the Litunga and the Central Government, and he will be particularly responsible to the Prime Minister – and later the President – to ensure that the Barotseland Agreement, which was made in London immediately after the , Independence Conference in May, is being honoured. It will be no part of the functions of the Under Minister to interfere in the day-to-day running of the Barotse Government.

    5. The Under Minister will be responsible for ensuring that Government policy is being carried out, and in Barotseland, as in the Southern Province, since the person selected as Under Minister has been a civil servant, I have decided that a Political adviser should be appointed to assist and advise him in the political aspects of his post.

    In order to ensure that there is no misunderstandin­g as to the position and role of the political adviser, I would like to explain in some detail precisely what is intended by the appointment.

    An important part of the Under Minister’s functions will be his position as Chairman of the Development Team. He will be responsible for seeing that the Government’s development plans are carried out and to ensure that there is co-ordination between the various departments of Government.

    6. In this task the Political adviser will assist him in dealing with any political difficulties that may arise in the implementation of the plan and in helping him with its general implementation in ensuring for instance, that the people, and the political parties, understand what precisely is being done, and why. After very careful consideration I have decided that the political adviser in Barotseland should be Mr. Lisselo. As the senior representative of the governing party – the United National Independence Party in Barotseland – he is the logical choice for the post, and as I have said, his main function will aspects of his job. He will particularly advise him on party matters and on the attitude of the party to various events and happenings as they occur. I would like to make it quite clear that the post of political adviser will be directly concerned with the functions of the Under Minister, and the political adviser will have no authority to deal with or interfere in the affairs of the Barotse Government.

    7. He will have an office in the Office of the Under Minister where the Resident Secretary will also have his office. I should add that the Resident Secretary will be in overall charge of the Government’s administration,­ and he will have a co-ordinating function in regard to the activities of the Government departments in Barotseland. The relationship between the Resident Secretary and the Under Minister will be a similar relationship to that of Permanent Secretary to a Minister.

    8. The Resident Secretary will be the chief official adviser to the Under Minister just as the Resident Commissioner has advised the Government in the past. The Resident Secretary and the political adviser will thus have quite separate responsibilitie­s and functions will aspects of his job. He will particularly advise him on party matters and on the attitude of the party to various events and happenings as they occur. I would like to make it quite clear that the post of political adviser will be directly concerned with the functions of the Under Minister, and the political adviser will have no authority to deal with or interfere in the affairs of the Barotse Government.

    7. He will have an office in the Office of the Under Minister where the Resident Secretary will also have his office. I should add that the Resident Secretary will be in overall charge of the Government’s administration,­ and he will have a co-ordinating function in regard to the activities of the Government departments in Barotseland. The relationship between the Resident Secretary and the Under Minister will be a similar relationship to that of Permanent Secretary to a Minister.

    8. The Resident Secretary will be the chief official adviser to the Under Minister just as the Resident Commissioner has advised the Government in the past. The Resident Secretary and the political adviser will thus have quite separate responsibilitie­s and functions and one will not interfere with the other.

    In each district the role of District Secretary will be to ensure the co-ordination of Government activities in the District, and the implementation of Government policy and the Government’s development plan in the District. District Secretaries will be responsible to the Resident Secretary and they will also co-operate with the District Heads of Kutas.

    9. I hope that by this explanation I have cleared away any misunderstandin­gs that may have occurred as to the Government’s plans for the reorganisation of the Provincial Administration and dispelled any fears that may have existed as to the role of the Under Minister and of his political adviser.

    I have explained all this in some detail since I want the division of functions between the persons to be appointed to these posts to be clearly understood by all. I hope that it will be appreciated that each has a particular and important role to play in the good government of the country, and that at the same time the Barotse Government has its own particular role. There is no intention that these new appointments should in any way change the role of the Barotse Government.

    10. The Under Minister, the Resident Secretary and the Political Adviser also have their own particular part to play and I am confident that if there is understanding of what the part of each is, there will be the fullest co-operation between the Barotse Government and the Central Government representatives­. I wish to emphasize that the new organisation is intended to improve the co-operation that has taken place in the past and is not in any way intended to reduce the powers or responsibility of the Barotse Government. I am most anxious, as are my, Ministers, to ensure that the development of our country proceeds as rapidly as possible, and the machinery which is being devised is in order to ensure that the development plans should proceed with the maximum speed and to the maximum advantage of all our people. In this I am certain that we shall receive the wholehearted co-operation of the Barotse Government.
    11. I should now like to turn to the Barotseland Agreement which was reached in London in May, and I wish to give an assurance that it is the Government’s full intention that the Barotseland Agreement will be honoured fully after Independence. I believe that the Agreement reached in London was an honourable Agreement from the point of view of both the Central Government and the Barotseland Government, and I believe that the way to ensure that it is implemented to the advantage of us all is by loans of a close personal relationship between the Litunga and the Prime Minister – and later the President – through the Under Minister.
    12. I am very glad that the basis of this Agreement is that Barotseland is an integral part of Zambia, and I can assure you, Sir Mwanawina, and all Members of the Barotse Royal Family and of the Barotse Government, that the Government has no wish to interfere with the day-to-day running of the internal affairs of Barotseland. This is the responsibility of the Barotse Government and the intention of the Central Government will be no more than to give to the Barotse Government its maximum assistance and co-operation.

    I can give an absolute assurance that the customary rights in land in Barotseland will remain with the Litunga and National Council, and the District Heads of Kutas, and the Government is satisfied that Government requirements for land for development projects in Barotseland will receive the active co-operation of the Barotse Government. This is all that the Central Government asks for and I am sure that there need be, and will be, no difficulty with regard to land, the use of land, and land rights in Barotseland.

    13. As you, Sir Mwanawina, and the Barotse Government are aware, the responsibility for local government matters in Barotseland has now been transferred from my portfolio to that of the Minister of Local Government. This, as I explained in my letter to you, Sir Mwanawina, was necessary owing to pressure of work, but I believe that it will be found that there will be advantage to Barotseland to have direct access to the specialist services of the Ministry of Local Government in this most important sphere.
    4. The senior Local Government Officer should be posted to Mongu very shortly, and it will be this officer’s responsibility to advise the Barotse Government on all local government matters and on the implementation of the Barotse Reforms.

    I should like before I close to congratulate you, Sir Mwanawina, and the Barotse Government on the wisdom of accepting the Barotse Reforms and I was extremely pleased to note the very large measure of agreement which was reached on all sides on the form in which the Reforms should take.

    15. I think that they are very progressive measures and I am sure that their implementation will receive the support and the co-operation of all the Barotse people. It is inevitable that there should be some difficulties and misunderstandin¬g to begin with in implementing such big changes, but they are, I am sure, merely teething troubles which with goodwill and understanding on all sides can be resolved. I appreciate that such radical changes to the old order are difficult for some to accept at once and I may say that I admire the manner in which they have been accepted by those who were formerly members of the executive government of Barotseland many of whom I am glad to note are now filling other important posts in the country.

    16. The experience and wisdom of all will be required in shaping the future and I want to make it clear that the Government respects the traditions of the past and has no intention of advocating change merely for the sake of change. We are all proud of our heritage and we are determined to preserve all that is good in it.

    Thank you, Sir Mwanawina, and all of you who are present, for listening to me so attentively, and if there are any questions which anyone would like to ask me I should be very pleased to answer them.

    Thank you.

    namusunga - May 12, 2013
    13:27

    • Barotse-Govt?!!!

      Kathienai - May 13, 2013
      07:34

  28. Iwe Ukwa CNP, why can u go and confuse your chiefs in Chitulika instead of bringing confusion to our Barotseland? Is the urine bag to heavy and u want a place to discharge it from?I will sort you out soon you Mwachusa of Mbeya!!!

    Shimwitwa - May 12, 2013
    13:24

  29. Nkoyas please relax, what bloodshed are you talking about? With what can you really threaten the people of the great Barotse land? You will just go into extinction if you dare continue with that kind of thinking

    Liontoothpick - May 12, 2013
    13:02

  30. How do you remove a palace which has been there from 1936?
    Ask yourself why it was established then?
    According to History, After the Luvales, Lozis and the Mbundas rescued the Nkoyas from slavery in Kaonde land, they asked Litunga Mulambwa to give them land where they can farm and hunt. That is how you guys were given kaoma but with a Lozi Chief who will make sure he/she reports back to the Litunga on the welfare of the district/subjects and fend off any attacks if any from the Kaondes who wanted to sell you to the Mambari slave traders.

    Guys keep quiet if you do not know your history, if you have no food ask the Govt through Mwaliteta to give you food and stop threatening people who have protected you for almost a century now.

    A Chief playing Useful Idiot!!

    Gundown - May 12, 2013
    13:02

  31. Oh no, please Chief just shed the urine because there has already been enough innocent blood shed through these satanic rituals and sacrifices.

    Please just shed the urine.

    SON OF A GUN - May 12, 2013
    12:59

  32. Our nkoya family please relax and stop fighting yourselves, we all belong to Barotseland.
    Kwangwa,Nyengo,Subiya,Mbukushu,Aluyi,Toka Leya, Mbunda,Mbowe to mention but 8 all belong to the Lozi nation.
    Lets work together with BRE and bring unity in our Kingdom of Barotseland. Amukena is Senior Chief and Kamutondo is merely a chief, only a title is dissimilar.
    Do not worry, Bulozi ki bwaluna.
    Tukongote Litunga Ni Lyetu.

    Skeleton - May 12, 2013
    12:54

  33. The hands of a devil shall never be clean at the helm of power

    Zambian - May 12, 2013
    12:35

  34. whats wrong with our government it seems even chiefs can threaten it with blood shed.

    pa menshi fye - May 12, 2013
    12:34