Barotseland is seeking the peaceful resolution of its legal status under international law before the PCA, although Zambia appears to be intent on blocking all attempts at peaceful arbitration to resolve this long-running issue, which has existed since the birth of Zambia as a State.
Barotseland was a sophisticated and highly functional pre-Colonial African nation, which survived the Colonial period under the British intact only to be brought to its knees by Kenneth Kaunda, the first President of Zambia, which tried unsuccessfully to dismantle it by such measures as erasing its name and replacing it with the generic title “Western Region.”
Professor Ndangwa Noyoo’s recent work, entitled “Indigenous systems of governance and post-colonial Africa: The case of Barotseland,” provides an interesting analysis of the Barotseland issue, and the impact of colonialism on the sophisticated forms of governance that were in place, and fully functional, prior to the Colonial period.
You will find an abstract of his article, as well as the full article, below.
Indigenous systems of governance and post-colonial Africa: The case of Barotseland
By Ndangwa Noyoo, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Johannesburg