This is because, subservient only to the British, Kenneth Kaunda is regarded as solely responsible for Barotseland’s current pariah status to Zambia.
At the Southern African nation’s independence, Kenneth Kaunda signed a treaty, The Barotseland Agreement 1964, that would guarantee the Kingdom of Barotseland’s continued sovereignty within the Republic of Zambia.
This is the same man who on 6th August 1964 stood before the Litunga, King of Barotseland, Sir Mwanawina III, KBE, his Kuta and the Barotse government, in the presence of many Barotse people (Barotse National Council) and said:
“….It is the (Zambian) government’s full intention that the Barotseland Agreement  will be honoured fully after independence…. The government has no wish to interfere with the day to day running of the internal affairs of Barotseland.”
“This,” Kaunda continued, “is the responsibility of the Barotse government and the intention of the Central Government will be no more than to give the Barotse Government its maximum assistance and co-operation. …The customary rights in Barotseland will remain with the Litunga, National Council and the District heads of Kutas.”
Kaunda personally made these assurances in affirmation of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964, which he had just signed a couple of months earlier in May of 1964.
In 1969, however, through Constitution Amendment No.5, and without consulting the people of Barotseland, the same Kaunda and his government enacted the following:
“The Barotseland Agreement 1964 shall cease to have effect and all rights (whether vested or otherwise) and liabilities thereunder shall lapse” – a piece of legislation that the Zambian State claims legally obliterated Barotseland from the face of the earth!
So, while his legacy may be celebrated elsewhere, his treatment of Barotseland will forever taint his legacy.
And because of his dishonest and treacherous behaviour towards the Barotseland Agreement 1964, problems surrounding the agreement persist to this day, with many Barotse people killed, maimed, tortured, and incarcerated arbitrarily without trial, while others presently languish in draconian Zambian prisons.
Consequently, many Barotse nationals will continue to say that Kenneth Kaunda has not died an honourable man because he not only failed to honour the 1964 pre-independence agreement, which he signed in earnest but has sadly died without any public remorse for how he treated the people of Barotseland.
The people of Barotseland will continue to refuse to join those in political grandstanding, singing that Kenneth Kaunda is a great honourable man when the facts and their conscience say otherwise.
Dr Kenneth Kaunda ruled the impoverished country for nearly three decades from 1964 – 1991, largely under a declared state of emergency, as a despot.
He has since been accorded 21 days of national mourning in Zambia and seven days in Botswana and Malawi as other nations join in political grandstanding while his maltreatment of Barotseland remains as buried history!