Namvet suspends demonstration to Parliament

13 Feb 2018 09:20am
WINDHOEK, 12 FEB(NAMPA) – Former South West African Territorial Force (SWATF) and Koevoet paramilitary unit members under the Namibia War Veterans’ Trust (NamVet) have suspended their planned peaceful demonstration to Parliament, Namvet Chairperson, Jabulani Ndeunyema has said.
Ndeunyema told Nampa that they had planned to march to the Namibian Parliament on Tuesday, when the Parliament officially opens for the year to hand over a petition but changed their plans.
A letter addressed to Namvet by the acting Secretary to Parliament, John Shimaneni, stated that Parliament is still looking into a petition handed over to them earlier by the same group and is not in a position to receive another petition.
“Based on the response of the letter from parliament, we decided to suspend our march to parliament,” Ndeunyema told this agency.
The demonstration to Parliament forms part of the trio of peaceful demonstrations that the Namvet had planned, with the other two, one to State House on Wednesday and another to Head Office of the Evangelic Lutheran Church in Namibia on Thursday, still expected to go ahead.
He however maintained that the march to State House take place in spite of a written instruction from the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) not to do so.
“Ndeitunga cannot stop us from demonstrating because it is our constitutional right to express ourselves,” he said.
According to a letter written to Namvet by the head of Nampol, Lieutenant-General, Sebastian Ndeitunga, said the march to State House is compromising the security of the country and the authorities at State House have not been informed about the march thereto and that the march to the Lutheran church will only be allowed when the church writes a letter to the police in which it allows for such an activity to take place.
“We will march to state house whether legal or not because we have notified them last week Wednesday,” Ndeunyema insisted.
The demonstrations come after the former SWATF and Koevoet members earlier on staged an illegal demonstration to State House, which was stopped by NamPol at the Katutura State Hospital.