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Muyongo vows to fight on
September 7, 2004

MISHAKE MUYONGO, the former Swapo and DTA leader, says he is working constantly for the independence of the Caprivi, lobbying the United Nations, individuals and other organisations, from Denmark where he is exiled.

The leader of the obscure Caprivi liberation movement, says he will soon disclose what his concrete plans for the freedom of region are.

Muyongo fled to exile in 1998 after his clandestine plans to make the Caprivi Region and independent country were exposed.

"I cannot be seated here doing nothing, planning nothing about the Caprivi.

For the Caprivi I will die.

For the Caprivi I live," said Muyongo in a telephone conversation last week.

Muyongo was speaking following reports that he was seeking presidential pardon so that he could be allowed back into Namibia.

He said he "never dreamt of apologising".

"[Why should] I apologise for involving myself in the struggle to liberate Caprivi? Apologise to whom? I will never apologise to Sam Nujoma for that...To a Government that is occupying Caprivi by force?" Reports that Muyongo was remorseful and homesick originated from one of his followers and a Muyongo critic based in Canada, Joseph Muchali.

Muchali said he made the statement based on conversations with Muyongo.

But Muyongo said he had not spoken to Muchali since 1998, calling him "crazy".

Muchali laughed at Muyongo's assertions that he was campaigning for the independence of Caprivi while in Denmark.

"He is doing nothing while in Denmark," says Muchali, adding that the former DTA leader is always at home, next to the phone worried that people might reach Chief Boniface Mamili and talk him out of staying with Muyongo.

Muchali claimed Muyongo has been scared to advocate the Caprivi secession case because of Denmark's closeness to the Namibian Government.

"Muyongo is finished [especially] without the chief who has many followers, he is a dead man, politically," said Muchali.

The two men appear to have been at loggerheads for years, according to correspondence between them.

Muyongo said he was following the trial of more than 100 people charged with treason for the 1999 violent insurrection to secede the Caprivi Region from Namibia.

Muyongo criticised the Namibian Supreme Court's decision that overturned High Court Judge Elton Hoff's findings that 13 Caprivi high treason suspects.

He strongly condemned the ruling and made particular reference to the fact that the majority judges who overturned Hoff's were foreign citizens.

Three judges who voted against Hoff's ruling were Zambian and Zimbabwean while two Namibians agreed with Hoff's ruling.


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