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WILD LIFE DEVASTATION IN THE CAPRIVI STRIP
February 1, 2014
WILD LIFE DEVASTATION IN THE CAPRIVI STRIP

In a distant past, we had indicated our grave dismay and concern for the fauna and flora in the Caprivi Strip. As natives of that land, upon realizing that SWAPO had deployed their soldiers in the Caprivi Strip for the sole purpose of stealing away Capriviansí natural resources. We had also indicated that the campaign for putting to extinction the fauna and flora in that territory was started by the Namibian first commander in chief who at that time went on a buffalo-shooting spree in the Caprivi Strip.

Last year again after some noises were made regarding the killing of elephants in east and southern Africa, we clearly mentioned that SWAPO and government of Namibia are destroying the natural resources in the Caprivi Strip for the simple reason that they do not belong to Namibia. In reality by plundering the natural resources of that territory, they in turn deprive the future generation of the rich resources their land could give.

Of recent, it is even disturbing to hear that SWAPO government is auctioning to sell the black rhino bulls to the highest bidder. In the United Democratic Party (UDP), we know that the black rhinoceros is one of the species restricted to the Caprivi Strip, northern Botswana and southern Angola. During the Apartheid era, some of those animals were relocated to places like Etosha and other game reserves in Namibia.

It is within our goals when we return our land to make sure that the Caprivi Strip join countries like: Botswana, Angola, and Zambia making that part of the world a protected animal kingdom for purposes of tourism, etc. It is for this reason that we say killing the bull rhinos is not conservation but destroying the very few extinct species, that land had and still has.

Much as the SWAPO led government wants to sell those animals to the highest bidder, it is common knowledge that, the money from such sells will not benefit the locals but those in power. The Caprivi Strip is considered one of the rich territories in southern Africa in terms of natural resources but whatever that land offers is currently being taken away and used to develop the Ovambo territory.

For argument sake, monies accrued from water and electricity in Katima Mulilo from 1990 to date has been taken away by the Ministry of Local government and Housing. However, when the town council request money to repair and develop the town, they are told that there is no money for such purposes.

It is sometimes important to question how SWAPO operates. If the Caprivi Strip was part of Namibia, could there be a need to repeal section 38(5) of the South-West Africa Constitution Act 1968 (Act 39 of 1968). Second, grabbing Western Caprivi is not only telling but also an indication enough that SWAPO needs that Caprivi land for purposes of extracting natural resources and its animals. Question is, how can someone steal from himself? The simple definition of stealing is to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, especially secretly or by force. Western Caprivi is Caprivi land that was grabbed from its rightful owners and relocated where it does not belong.

It is within this realm that we appeal to the international community to help resolve the Caprivi case so that the rightful owners restore, rebuild and protect the fauna and flora of that part of the world for future generation to enjoy.

UDP Bulela Sicaba Sa Utwa!!!!

Chrispin Mutoiwa
UDP Secretary for Information
Mutcrio@yahoo.com
206 602 7851


Source: United Democratic Party (UDP)


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