6 October 2006

Namibia: Ambassador Called Onto Red Carpet About Muyongo

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Marco Hausiku has called the Danish Ambassador to his office to express concern about the conditions of asylum for Caprivi secessionist leader Mishake Muyongo, who has lived in Copenhagen for seven years.

Muyongo still seems to have a well-established network to communicate with Caprivi secessionists internationally.

In response to a query in the National Assembly from CoD President Ben Ulenga on the asylum conditions applying to Muyongo in exile, Hausiku said the Danish government "was vague as to whether any conditions are attached to his residence there".

The Ministry had requested details of Muyongo's asylum conditions in order to give a thorough reply to Ulenga's question, he said.

"The verbal note sent to the Namibian Foreign Affairs Ministry by Denmark implies that the Danish position allows Mr Muyongo to engage in activities hostile to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Namibia," Hausiku stated.

"The Government of Namibia regards the position of the Danish government as unacceptable.

In this connection I called in the Danish ambassador, who is resident in Pretoria, South Africa, to our Ministry (in Windhoek) in order to seek further clarification on this untenable Danish position and to express our concern in this regard," Hausiku told the National Assembly.

He referred to a news report, published by The Namibian on September 11 2006, on Muyongo's apparent communication network with Caprivi secessionists living in Botswana, Canada and the US.

"If what this article states is true, the question must be asked as to whether Muyongo's status in Denmark allows him the freedom to undermine security, peace and stability in Namibia and how he came to live in Denmark," he said.

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