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The Namibian
Fri 27 Feb 2015
 THE churches have the means to teach from a tender age at Sunday schools even before a child reaches kindergarden - the need to respect elders, maintain discipline, and foster and cement good mannerisms; they also deal with hunger, poverty issues and eve
 CITY of Windhoek, are you aware of the terrible rotten smell in Marula, Smarties and Wanaheda?. We have contracted endless flu like symptoms. Do you really care about our health or are you just happy to take our money? Please act!
 IF nannies get N$1 200 a month, how will single working mothers manage because by law you only get N$300 maintenance money from the father?
 I THINK it's about time that Namibia moves on from the claiming phase and start taking action. Big ups to Job Amupanda!
 NANGOLO Mbumba, shame on you! Leave Job Amupanda alone. He did not insult the nation like you did. Do you think we forgot what you said last year at the Sam Nujoma Stadium?
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FRONT PAGE | 2009-08-06
Pardon Caprivi separatists: Mudge
BRIGITTE WEIDLICH
GOVERNMENT should not only release the more than 100 imprisoned Caprivi treason suspects, but also pardon them, otherwise the Republican Party will go to court, its president Henk Mudge demanded yesterday.
With the suspects in jail for ten years now and the trial not yet concluded, it was 'obvious the Swapo Government has overstepped all human and legal boundaries and made themselves guilty of gross human rights violations and abuse,' Mudge said at a press conference yesterday.
He claimed that these alleged violations included allowing security forces to torture some of the secessionists in August 1999 and not giving them a fair trial within a reasonable period of time.
'Here now is an excellent opportunity for Government to prove to the world that it is serious in subscribing to the said international principles and the Constitution and it is for this reason that we humbly request President Hifikepunye Pohamba to act in the interest of Namibia as a constitutional and sovereign state and to release all the accused in the Caprivi trial forthwith,' Mudge demanded.
'To pardon and to release the Caprivians accused of high treason would amount to moral action that speaks of innate strength and an unwavering belief in the intrinsic value of the human person.
'It would amount to more than a symbolic act, but would demonstrate to every Namibian and to the world, that national reconciliation, justice, fairness, and equality are the cornerstones of our Republic.
'Let them go home, reconcile with their families and start to make their contribution to develop their region for the benefit of not only the Caprivians, but also the Namibian nation as a whole,' he added.
If Government would not release and pardon them, the RP would take the matter to an international platform, Mudge threatened.
'Should the accused not be released, then we, the Republican Party, will encourage human rights organisations, among others Amnesty International, to assist us in taking this issue to court as well as the international arena, because it should be evident that the Government cannot win this one.'
Mudge said the prolonged detention of the treason suspects had inflicted a lot of pain, suffering and humiliation on them and their families due to the absence of fathers, brothers, husbands and sons.
'The fact that basically the entire leadership of the Mafwe tribe had been removed and jailed in the process, and [the] 'appointment' and recognition of other traditional leaders who are perceived to be mere puppets of the Swapo Government also raise a few question marks,' he added.
On August 2 1999 the Caprivi Region was rocked by an unsuccessful secessionist attempt, which was quashed by the Namibia Defence Force. About 120 men were consequently arrested, some only on suspicion of having aided the failed coup.

         


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