TITLE=NAMIBIA POLITICS (L-ONLY)
INTRO: Sporadic gunfire continues to shatter the
quiet in Katima Mulilo, a small town in Namibia's
Caprivi Strip, following an attack on the town by
alleged secessionists. V-O-A's Delia Robertson
reports from our Southern Africa Bureau, President Sam
Nujoma has declared an indefinite state of emergency
in Katima Mulilo.
TEXT: There are continuing reports of occasional
gunfire in Katima Mulilo and there is a strong police
and military presence on the streets. Even so,
Namibian police officials say relative calm is
returning to the town after an attack by as many as
Namibian President Sam Nujoma has imposed an
indefinite state of emergency in the town and the
police are enforcing a daily curfew from four P-M to
The insurgents are believed to be aligned to the
Caprivi Liberation Front which is demanding
independence for the Caprivi Strip -- a narrow
panhandle bordered on the north by Angola and Zambia
and on the south by Botswana, and also by Zimbabwe
along a small area in the northeast.
Leaders of the Front and more than 25-hundred
supporters fled to Botswana last year after the
Namibian Government said the Front had set up a
military training camp in the Caprivi. Many of the
refugees returned to Namibia this year, but the
Front's officials -- including its leader Mishake
Muyonga -- have remained in exile.
"Die Republikein" a newspaper in the Namibian capital,
Windhoek, reports Mr. Muyonga said the Front was
responsible for the attack. Speaking from Denmark,
where he has been granted political asylum, Mr.
Muyonga said the attack was just the beginning of his
organization's struggle for independence for Caprivi.
He added that it would be long -- but also victorious.
//REST OPT// The United States has urged its citizens
to leave the Caprivi Strip and has already evacuated
members of the Peace Corps and other aid
03-Aug-1999 12:11 PM EDT (03-Aug-1999 1611 UTC)
Source: Voice of America
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