(Saturday, July 10, 2016)—
His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia today met representatives of the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) to discuss the process towards the restoration of the Barotse Agreement of 1964.
During a consultative meeting at State House, President Lungu said the 1964 Barotse Agreement must be considered in the light of the current constitution and circumstances that have prevailed over time.
The BRE tendered an im- plementation plan for consideration by the government and expressed their gratitude at the President’s sincerity over the matter.
The two parties agreed that the negotiations on the Barotse Agreement must take place in good faith away from politics so that the process is not marred by the political tensions of the current election campaigns.
Government also undertook to release the Chongwe Commission of Inquiry Report on the 2011 disturbances in Western Province.
“I do not want to make unrealistic pronouncements for political expedience taking advantage of the current on-going electioneering.
I want this process to take its full course after next month’s elections,” the Head of State said.
The 9-member BRE delegation was led by the acting Ngambela Induna Mukulwakashiko while the President was accompanied by Justice Minister Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula, Home Affairs Minister Mr. Davis Mwila, Chiefs and Tradi- tional Affairs Minister Dr. Joseph Katema, Local Government and Housing Minister Mr. Stephen Kampyongo and Western Province Minister Mr. Puniso Njeulu and several technocrats.
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SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT (PRESS & PUBLIC RELATIONS)