Liberate Caprivi Strip from Namibia’s Illegal Occupation

Press Statement

03 October 2013

Mukusi Cabins

Katima Mulilo – Caprivi Region

 

We knocked politely, with perseverance and faith but Namibia continue to reject our suggestions for a political solution to the Caprivi political dispute.

We cannot believe that our parents and brothers remain incarcerated for 14 years as suspects in what is supposed to be a democratic state. In our view, justice delayed is not and will never be justice at all.

Now that we know and understand the Caprivi political dispute together with our internationally recognized rights much better, we are ready to take any route we find best to solve our political problem.

In February this year we petitioned the United Nations resident Coordinator in Namibia, Mr. Bandora Musinga but he also chose eternal silence.

We know and understand the founding purpose and principles of the UN, and we charge that Mr. Musinga has slipped and fell on such principles in the manner he handled our petition.

We can no longer continue to be beggars of rights, justice or freedom. We are not vegetables which submit to any extreme weather.

We are human beings and we know what is best for us. We also have the capacity and right to determine our political future at any stage. We are not going to accept the apartheid style of using security and judicial arms to suppress our people.

Therefore, heaven and earth be witness today, as we appeal to the Namibian government for the last time to unconditionally release all Caprivi political prisoners and open all doors for political dialogue with the United Democratic Party (UDP) within 15 days from today, 03 Oct. 2013.

Failure to do so,

  1. We shall turn our back against Namibia and openly support the peaceful movement, particularly the UDP, to liberate Caprivi Strip from Namibia’s illegal occupation.
  2. We shall support the peaceful establishment of the sovereignty of Caprivi to protect the internationally defined territory of Caprivi Strip without reservations.
  3. We shall inform the world that Namibia is governing the people and territory of Caprivi at gun point, and we shall approach courts to challenge the jurisdiction of Namibia over Caprivi Strip as soon as possible.
  4. We shall look for international protection, recognition and support for Caprivians’ right to self-determination and complete freedom from Namibia.
  5. We shall freely, publicly and frequently express our support for an independent sovereignty and territory of Caprivi Strip.
  6. We shall expose all human rights abuse committed upon Caprivians by SWAPO prior Namibia independence and subsequently by the Namibian government since 1990.

We know our rights and the history of our mother-land, Caprivi Strip. This is our final communication to Namibia in this regard.

Thank you.

 

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Mr. Lennox Lutambo

Chairman

Caprivi Concerned Group