Firstly, we would like to acknowledge the release of forty-three (43) Caprivi political prisoners on Monday, 11 February 2013 after thirteen (13) and half years of unlawful political detention and malicious prosecution by the Namibian government. We believe that it should have happened about seven to ten years ago.
Some say late is better than never but we believe in justice delayed is justice denied. We cannot believe that the trial is still allowed to continue or adjourned despite the length of the trial and numerous irregularities such as abstracting information by force and issues of the photo album which used to be shown to state witnesses for them to positively identify the accused.
However, at this juncture we hope that Government of Namibia will take full responsibility of the damages suffered by all the acquitted, and even consider reinstating those who were working back to their jobs as soon as possible. It should also consider compensating the families whose fathers, sons and husbands died in high treason detention for social and economic restoration.
As for now, we would like to inform the nation that we have finally submitted our petition (dated 04 February 2013) formally to various local and international institutions in Windhoek, Namibia, which includes the office of the United Nations, Namrights, and nearly all foreign embassies and consulates. We also sent it to the Executive Secretary of SADC, Dr. Tomaz Augusto Salamao, and preparations to send it to the African Union are in place.
In our guest to get legal advice and assistance against the Inspector General of Nampol’s ban of the peaceful demonstrations which we requested at least twice, we finally approached the office of the Ombudsman, Adv. John Walters where an investigator promised that he will forward our complaint to the Ombudsman who may decide on whether to investigate the complaint or not.
To this time, we still call upon the President (through his Government) of the Republic of Namibia to unconditionally release all Caprivi political prisoners, and to enter into dialogue with the leadership of the United Democratic Party over the Caprivi political dispute.
In conclusion we would like to express our thanks to Namibia’s leading human rights organization led by Phil ya Nangoloh. Thank you for continuously advising and supporting us in our call for peace, freedom and justice for all.
God bless Caprivi.
We thank you.
Nalisa N. Muyahi
Secretary for Information and Publicity
Caprivi Concerned Group
Mr. Event M. Linyando
Dep. Secretary for Information and Publicity
Place: Namrights Conference Room (Liberty Center, Windhoek)
Time: 11:00 am