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DATE=8/3/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=NAMIBIA POLITICS (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-252439 BYLINE=DELIA ROBERTSON DATELINE=JOHANNESBURG CONTENT= VOICED AT: 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 100-insurgents Monday. 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 eight-A-M. 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 organizations. (SIGNED) NEB/DAR/PCF/RAE 03-Aug-1999 12:11 PM EDT (03-Aug-1999 1611 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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