Former Ngambela of the Lozi people Clement Sinyinda says that he is not worried with reports that President Sata has ordered his arrest.
Mr. Sinyinda confirmed the impending arrest saying that people who attended the meeting had informed him about the Presidential directive against him alleging that he was inciting people in the area to secede.
And the visit of President Michael Sata in WesternProvince has raised tension again after he allegedly ordered the provincial Police Commissioner Fanwell Siandenge to arrest Ngambela Clement Sinyinda.
And delegates from WesternProvince attending the ongoing National Constitution Convention (NCC) warned that they will withdraw their participation from the constitution making process if the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 is not part of plenary session to be included in the final document for the referendum.
President Sata is alleged to have accused Ngambela Sinyinda who resigned from his position a few months ago of fuelling calls for secession and causing confusion to issues surrounding the Barotse Agreement of 1964.
President Sata who was in Mongu yesterday visited the Litunga of the Lozi people in Limulunga, and had a closed door meeting with him.
Sources within told the Daily Nation that they were not happy with the outcome of his visit because of his ‘directive’ to arrest Ngambela Sinyinda.
Sources said that they expected President Sata to apologise to the people of WesternProvince for the lies he peddled ahead of 2011 campaign period that he would restore the Agreement, and this had left the people of Barotseland in anxiety.
“We didn’t know that the coming of Mr Sata will cause havoc, we expected him to apologise to the people of WesternProvince but instead he is trying to bring confusion after he had failed to address what he started during his campaign promises. We are closely watching all his lies here,” said the sources.
However, groups of Lozi activists in Mongu are reported to be vigilant in an effort to protect Mr Sinyinda, whom they said was innocent because he was standing for the people of Barotseland.
“It is like the PF government is now satisfied that the people of WesternProvince are living in anxiety. It is this government which brought this entire problem, let them solve it now. Mr Sata said he will restore the Agreement and we are going by his words. It is the same PF government that is also trying to get rid of the Barotse Agreement of 1964 in the Constitution, we are closely watching their actions.”
Sources further said that Ngambela Sinyinda himself was not the one who was behind the Barotse National Council resolutions where they agreed to secede from the rest of Zambia, saying that it was a directive from the Litunga.
“There is no way Ngambela Sinyinda can be arrested for the Barotse issue when he was working under instructions from his master the Litunga, we believe what was resolved during the BNC was with the knowledge of the Litunga. Mr Sata was going to be sincere if he called for the arrest of the Litunga because all these things are done in his awareness.”
And Ngambela Sinyinda said that he was just an ordinary citizen like any other, adding that accusing him of inciting confusion in Barotseland was totally unfair.
“I just hear people calling me that there is a directive for me to be arrested, and nothing I can do about it. I am just an ordinary person like any other,” Mr Sinyinda said.
He said the people of Barotseland were adults’ who reason and knows what was good for them, adding that such accusation were an insult to people.
“But what I can say is that accusing me on such an issues is unfair and an insult to the people of Barotseland who are adults and know what is good for them,” he said.
Reports from the area also suggest that people of Mongu have surrounded Mr. Sinyinda’s premises, waiting for his arrest.
Meanwhile, delegates walked out of the National Constitution Convention (NCC) in protest over what they call unfair treatment in the manner the convention wanted to deal with the Barotseland issues.
After presenting their concern, the delegates walked out of the house and gathered outside consulting on the way forward to push for the convention to deliberate the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
And a document presented to the NCC yesterday stated that the very moment the convention decided not to recognize the Barotseland Agreement of 1964, it confirmed that the government did not want to address the problem.
“The very moment you decide, in this convention, not to recognize the Barotseland Agreement, you will firmly confirm that you do not want Bulozi to be party of Zambia, you will then be telling us to pack and go back and report that you have refused to make Barotseland part of Zambia and fair minded people the world over will know that Zambia has refused to accept Barotseland as part of it.”
The delegates gave the background of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 and said that the Malozi speaking people who comprised 32 ethnic groups had awoken from political slumber that had been haunting them for a long time after the agreement was illegally abrogated.
They said that it was sad that all previous governments had no political will to address the matter which had continued to haunt successful governments and the people in the region.
And Western Province Police Commissioner Fanwell Siandenge said he was not in President Sata’s meeting with the Litunga and that the President had never asked him to effect an arrest.“I was not there madam, but if he said that to other officers, we will let you know, because it is not something to hide,” he said.