Power and Politics

M’membe meets Prime Minister of Barotseland, Manyando; claims to be championing Pan-Africanism


Socialist Party (SP) president, Fred M’membe, says when elected into power, he would champion pan Africanism as opposed to Bantustans.

M’membe said the SP was simply promoting freedom, with each region being able to function in diversity while managing their own resources.

He said this when he paid a courtesy call on Ngambela Mukela Manyando, Prime Minister of Barotseland, at Limulunga Palace, in Mongu.

“We are not trying to create Bantustans here in Barotseland, Bantustans in Eastern Province, Bantustans in the Bemba region, no. We are pan Africanists,” he said.

M’membe shared part of the SP vision on the management of resources across the country, emphasising unity in diversity.

“When I paid a courtesy call on the Mwata Kazembe, I emphasized that Luapula has abundant natural resources but people are poor because locals are not able to directly benefit, but under SP they will do so,” he stated.

M’membe noted the need to have banks in particular regions to help chiefs, religious leaders, politicians and locals to be able to manage their resources by borrowing and lending.

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He said this would be able to improve the living standards of the people and culture in diversity of specific regions.

“The way you manage Choma District is different from the way you can manage Shiwang’andu because there are different terrains and dynamics,” M’membe noted.

He added that the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) being applied in Shiwangandu with 17 wards was different from Kabwata with modern roads.

The SP leader said Luapula can sustain itself through a bank taking advantage of natural resources such as sugilite.

“Barotseland will have its own bank to harness development in the region,” M’membe stated.

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