News and Information

September 23, 2004
September 20 2004

NSHR has reliably learned from police and has verified with other sources that Botswana-based Caprivian, Rodwel “Fred” Katupisa KAUHANO (34), was recently “repatriated” to Namibia under mysterious circumstances. The incident took place on September 3 2004 at the Muhembo border post along the Botswana-Namibia frontier.

A subsequent verification investigation, which NSHR launched into the “repatriation” allegations, led to Kauhano being spotted several times in the company of Katima Mulilo-based NamPol officers. However, he was last seen on September 15 2004 at approximately 19h00 at Linyanti village, some 70 kilometers south of Katima Mulilo, the regional capital of the Caprivi Region. At the time he was also in the company of the Nampol officers. His present whereabouts are unknown.

Other unconfirmed police sources alleged that Kauhano was acting as a police informer in the marathon Caprivi secessionist saga. As such, he might appear before the treason trial court as a prosecution witness.

NSHR records show that Kauhano was among the first group of some 92 Caprivi refugees who fled the country into Botswana on or around October 27 1998 following widespread human rights abuses by Namibian security forces in the disputed region.

Information that NSHR has compiled since 1998 reveals that Kauhano’s two other relatives, viz. Gibson Luka LUKA (a.u.k) and Molicious SIMONE (a.u.k) are among the some 132 alleged Caprivi secessionists presently being held on multiple charges of high treason at the Grootfontein Prison and or other places of detention within the country.

Kauhano’s wife and daughter are currently living in the Dukwi Refugee Camp, some 440 kilometers north of the Botswana capital of Gaborone.

NSHR calls upon the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to reveal Kauhano’s present whereabouts and fate without delay.


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