How the Namibian refugees came to be in Botswana

Geoffrey Mwilima was also left with scars after an assault by government forces in the aftermath of the 1999 assault
Geoffrey Mwilima was also left with scars after an assault by government forces in the aftermath of the 1999 assault

Two years ago, a group of the Namibians at Dukwi Refugee Camp opened up to Mmegi Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI about how they escaped from heated conflict in the Caprivi Strip in 1999, crossed the treacherous Okavango area and arrived in Botswana

Tensions had long been rising. The inhabitants of a 20-kilometre wide and 400 kilometre-long piece of paradise nestled amongst the Zambezi, Chobe, Linyanti and Okavango rivers said they were being brutally oppressed.

The Caprivi Strip wanted to be free of Namibia and residents were willing to use force to extricate themselves from “Big Brother’s” grip. The popular secessionist party in the region, the United Democratic Party (UDP) had formed a militant wing, the Caprivi Liberation Army (CLA).

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Are police trigger-happy?

Unfortunately, that day turned sour for those who were shopping at Sefalana Cash and Carry in Gaborone West Industrial.The exchange of fire that ensued between members of the Botswana Police Service (BPS) and robbers who had allegedly robbed a G4S cash-in-transit vehicle left two civilians dead, three robbers struck down, and an undisclosed number of citizens wounded.One deceased civilian is reportedly an employee of the Citizen Entrepreneurial...

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