Ndeitunga lays down the law against Caprivi Concerned Group

21 Jul 2016 16:40pm
KATIMA MULILO, 21 JUL (NAMPA) - Government directorates and institutions in Zambezi Region have been called upon to no longer allow members of the Caprivi Concerned Group (CCG) to hold meetings at their premises.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga made the call on Thursday at the inauguration of the newly built Zambezi regional police headquarters at Katima Mulilo.
CCG including those discharged from high treason charges emanating from the 1999 attacks, who allegedly still harbour ideas and plans to secede Zambezi Region from the rest of the country.
Ndeitunga said he does not understand how the local government could allow citizens of a country to use the nation’s resources to discuss and plan the succession of one region from the whole of Namibia.
“I understand that the local government here (Katima Mulilo) is giving facilities to CCG to hold meetings to discuss the secession of Zambezi. The people’s facility is given to the collective of criminals; the band of bandits. How can you allow terrorists to use people’s offices to discuss the commission of a crime of the highest standard?”
Ndeitunga likened this action to high treason, saying NamPol will no longer tolerate secessionist ideas.
He called on his counterparts in neighbouring Botswana, Angola and Zambia to arrest CCG members caught in their countries discussing aims to secede the region.
“Colleagues, if these CCG members come into your country to discuss such treacherous ideas with other criminals that side of the river, catch them, bring them to us as Christmas boxes, we will deal with them.”
Ndeitunga also used the platform to ask Safety and Security Minister, Charles Namoloh to not approve requests from CCG to celebrate or commemorate 02 August 1999.
On this date, violent attacks were launched in Katima Mulilo by the Caprivi Liberation Army (CLA), which is linked to United Democratic Party, to secede the Zambezi, which was then known as Caprivi Region.
Hundreds of residents were left injured and some dead, while government infrastructure suffered considerable damages.
“We have heroes like Brendan Simbwaye and Greenwell Matongo, who fought alongside us to defeat our enemies so we can attain independence. These heroes’ blood will be tainted if we allow this group of bandits to mess up our independent Namibia.
“This should be clear and if I command uniformed officers to take action, they will be ruthless.”
Ndeitunga then called on police officers and special field force officers to be vigilant at all times to maintain peace and order.
“Be inquisitive and always ready. We should not underestimate any situation. I have even ordered those who are spreading rumours Katima Mulilo will be undertaken to be arrested when identified. False alarm is a crime. They will be dealt with in accordance of the law.”