Government is fighting a losing battle: GUN

29 Apr 2019 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 29 APR (NAMPA) – The Ganja Users of Namibia (GUN) said the Namibian government’s refusal to legalise the use of marijuana is a waste of time and violation of human rights, a battle Government will eventually lose.
This is according to GUN general Borro Ndungula, during a media briefing at the group’s office in Windhoek’s Havana informal settlement on Monday, where he also revealed that the group has over 600 registered members.
Ndungula said the government is fighting a losing battle because the use of marijuana is legalised in most countries worldwide and is benefiting those economies, while only Namibia chose to fall behind by not legalising the drug.
“Namibia is relying on an outdated apartheid law which is discriminating against our religion and culture and is violating our rights,” he said.
Ndungula warned that if Parliament does not adhere to GUN’s call for cannabis legalisation, they will take them to court and win the case.
GUN president Brian Jaftha who was arrested last week for possession of cannabis, said they were assaulted by members of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and are now seeking audience with President Hage Geingob.
“The NDF members are beating people deliberately to tarnish the president’s name and turn people against him, because the president did not command the soldiers to act in such a violent manner against its own citizens,” he said.
Jaftha said they want to see the president and discuss these “burning issues” with him - being refused to practice their religion and culture, and being “beaten up by soldiers for no reason”.
“GUN is not looking for the country to change religion because we are not into politics and we should not be seen as terrorists; all we want is to help the sick as well as the economy,” noted Jaftha.