Nevers pledges referendum for Barotse agreement
Lusaka, January 4, 2015, ZANIS—MMD president Nevers Mumba has pledged that he will call for a referendum in order put to rest the Barotse Agreement if voted into power.
Dr Mumba says he has what it takes to rest the Barotseland Agreement matter for the people of the Western province.
Dr. Mumba said if voted as president he will call for a referendum resulting to a lasting solution on the Barotseland Agreement.
He said once elected he will immediately call all parties that were involved in the agreement from beginning to the dialogue table to offer a referendum and look at all other options.
In a statement availed to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Dr Mumba said offering a referendum would not mean he agrees to the succession but instead as a way to resolve the matter in the most democratic and civilized manner.
Dr. Mumba noted that the issue of the Barotseland Agreement had eluded all post-independence presidents because of the fears and implications of dealing with it in a conclusive manner.
He said as president he would not allow the Barotseland issue to be postponed any further neither was he willing to leave it to the next generation of leaders to resolve it.
Dr. Mumba said he had an opportunity to give the people of Western province a direct voice on the matter and later concentrate on the development of the nation.