Namibia. A newly formed separatist movement, the Caprivi
Liberation Army (CLA), attacked the city of Katima Mulilo in
the Caprivi Strip in August. According to
Countryaah official website, 14 people were killed in the
fighting and several hundred suspected CLA sympathizers were
arrested. CLA leader Mishake Muyongo was requested to be
extradited from Denmark, where he received political asylum,
but the claim was rejected. Muyongo was the Vice Chairman of
the Liberation Movement SWAPO until 1980 and from Namibia's
independence 1990 leader of the largest opposition party,
the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA). He was excluded
from the party in 1998.
The long-narrow Caprivi strip, which the British resigned
to the German colonizers in 1890 in exchange for Zanzibar on
the east coast of Africa, is the most disadvantaged region
of the Namibia.
Sam Nujoma was re-elected in December to a third
presidential term with 77% of the vote. SWAPO retained the
two-thirds majority in parliament, which allows the party to
change its constitution on its own. SWAPO took advantage of
that opportunity in 1998, when Nujoma was allowed a
candidate for a third time.