Namibian FCII refugee detainees told to 'plead for mercy'

Caprivians inside SADC headquaters. PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
Caprivians inside SADC headquaters. PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

FRANCISTOWN: The Nambian government has reportedly told five Namibians from the Caprivi Strip to write letters pleading for clemency before they could be allowed back into the country (Nambia).

The request from the Namibian government was reportedly relayed to the five men by officials from the Botswana government.  The government of Botswana last week started the forced repatriation of Namibians from the Caprivi Strip after they lost their refugee status. 

Sources yesterday strongly alleged that the Nambian government has given the five men, Felix Kakula, Nervous Lutambo, Richard Mosupali, Mikini Smith and Gasper Machana up to three months to have written the letters pleading for mercy.  There are reports that the government of Namibia has been reluctant to repatriate the five men under fear that they may resurrect the fight to liberate the Caprivi Strip from Nambia.

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