Lado News - Message From King John Bart Agami, Agofe of Lado:
The State of Lado is on the Road to Independence...
The present turmoil and unrest in several African Countries, with Kenya as the immediate example, is naturally disturbing and sad because many People are affected by Death, Violence and Loss of Property.
However, according to the Agofe of Lado, King John Bart Agami, in the midst of all this Misery and Injustice against the African Population, there is a glimmer of Hope for the African Peoples and Countries in shaping their own Future.
The Agofe, Onzima II of Lado, has been fighting an untiring battle to put the State of Lado in Central Africa back on the map since the forbidden name of "Lado" was erased from the Maps of the World by the European Colonial Masters.
Lado kept in Stranglehold
of Joint Illegal Occupation since 1947
Since 1947 Lado - the "Lado Enclave" or "Equatoria" - which is situated in the Great Lakes Region in the Upper Nile Valley, has been kept in a Stranglehold by the European Powers Britain and Belgium who have joined in an Occupation of Lado.
"The Joint Illegal Occupation of Lado by Britain and Belgium in 1947 has made the State of Lado into two Cultural Sectors: (a) the French Speaking Lado to the West (Belgian), and (b) the English Speaking Lado to the East (British)", says King John Bart Agami. "The Act of Occupation alone is not consistent with the Treaty of Berlin 26 February 1885, Articles 6, 12, 15, including 34. However, the British/Belgian Occupation of Lado was not translated into complete Colonial or Protectorate Status by Treaty signed by the Agofe of Lado."
European Colonial Masters
Cannot Inherit the State of Lado
"Consequently, the Former Colonial and Protectorate Countries of Belgium and Britain cannot inherit the State of Lado, which still exists as a Political Entity and as a Nation State of Lado. However, it is a Fact that the State of Lado is an Occupied Territory, first by the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) on 26 May 1871, and by Belgium-Britain jointly from 15 May 1947."
The King emphasizes that Lado People have never accepted Foreign Rule, and that Lado is the only African Nation that never signed over her Sovereignty to Colonial Powers.
"By standing firm and demanding our Right to Exist and to be Recognized as a Sovereign Nation State by the International Community, Lado has stood out as a Beacon and an Example for the People all over Africa who will no longer tolerate Suppression and Enslavement in their own Homelands.
After four hundred years of Slavery (during 1440-1840), Degradation and Poverty, the African People were left in a State of Shock. And it is little wonder that they chose to lull themselves into Apathy in order just to try to Survive", states the Agofe who sees the present Unrest in Africa as a sign that the African People are Awakening from their Sleep, and are taking charge of their own destinies."
African People are Ridding
Themselves of their Ruling Elites
"What we are witnessing now is that the African People are ridding themselves of the Ruling Elite, who have Betrayed their People, and who have only been kept in Power with the massive Support of the Old Colonial Powers, mainly Britain, France and Belgium, who have contributed heavily with Military Expertise and Weaponry. And not least to the pockets and Foreign Bank Accounts of their African Leaders.
In this way, and by creating a Ruling Class chosen from a favoured group or a Tribe/Clan, who got Positions in Power, the former Slave Traders have managed to Divide and Rule and ensure that the African People have been kept Enslaved in their own Homelands long since the lucrative Slave Trade was Abolished.
This Policy has led to needless Massacres and Bloodbaths and Tragedies as the one which happened in Rwanda, which are often referred to as 'Ethnic Cleansing'. However, this covers over Atrocities and gross Human Rights Violations by Government Security Forces who are used to quell any sign of Resistance or Criticism against the Ruling Elite.
Through Brutal Force these Ruling Elites have managed to keep their Populations in a state of constant Fear and Obedient Silence", says King John Bart Agami.
Ruling Elites have been
Rigging Election Results
"Up till now these Elites have even got away with the Rigging of Election Results, which have not only taken place in our neighbouring country Kenya, but also has been the Order of the Day in Ugandan Politics where the President still reigns Supreme with the Backing of Britain and Britain's Scandinavian Allies who will gladly Support Uganda to suit their own Interests", says the King.
"Uganda has for many years been the 'Darling' of the Anglo-American Powers and their Scandinavian Allies, who are Running and Controlling the Ugandan Administrative System, and in this way are in a position to use Colonial Uganda as a Stepping Stone to take over and usurp Lado's Natural Resources and Drive out the Inhabitants: The Lado People who have become Refugees and 'Displaced Persons' in their own Homeland.
This situation has become Intolerable to the People of Lado, and they have started to take matters into their own Hands, and to Stand Up for their Rights and for what is rightfully theirs.
Like their Neighbours in Northern Uganda, the Local Lado People have Bravely Protested and Fought the Ugandan Government, who had made a Deal for the Sale of Virgin Forest Land to a Canadian Lumber Company.
The Lado People successfully stopped the Devastation to their Natural Resources which would have Laid Waste valuable woodlands into Arid Desert if Big Business had its way.", says King John Bart Agami.
Success Stories Throughout
Lado to Stop Big Business Plans
Other Success Stories throughout Lado, such as the Lado initiative to stop Oil Drilling, the UK Indians' Plans of Sugar Plantations and the Colonial and Corporate Plan to turn Lado into a Giant Pig and GMO Soya Beans Farming Area, which would have resulted in Widespread Pollution, have given the Lado People the Courage and the Determination to fight for what they Believe in.
"That is the Territorial Integrity of Lado and the Sovereignty of Lado and the Independence of Lado", the King states, and continues: "The Days of Imperialism and Colonial Power are gone, and a New Age of Freedom and Independence is Emerging. We want Freedom of Lado.
The Powers who have held Command of the World for the last four hundred years, are losing their Hold of the World, and the African Nations want to Write their own History.
For much too long the Oppressors have Occupied, Raped, and Erased the African History, but the Lado People are beginning to find and recognize their Rich Cultural Heritage as the Ancient Kingdom Created on the Remnants of the Old Egypt as early as 700 BC, when Lado was founded under the name "Ladoland" and on 9 May 847 AD when the Modern Lado was Established."
The Restoration
of The State of Lado
"Lado People will Stand Firm to see that the Lado Sovereign Nation State is Restored with its Original Boundaries from 1887-1907, and the State of Lado is Recognized by the U.N. and the World Community", concludes King John Bart Agami.
4 April 2008