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Yearbook 1998

Namibia. In September, President Sam Nujoma vehemently criticized the EU's decision to review the U.S. aid that went to Namibia and other African states that intervened in the Congo-Kinshasa conflict. The EU wanted to prevent aid money from being used to support military operations. But criticism of the country's involvement in the Congolese conflict also came from within. According to Countryaah, Namibian Church Council Secretary-General Ngeno Nakamhela urged the government to withdraw the Namibian troops from Congo-Kinshasa, while Moses Katjiuongua, leader of the opposition party Democratic Coalition of Namibia (DCN), called the intervention an irresponsible act. The independent press was also critical.

1998 Namibia

In November, the political opposition in the country claimed that more than 3,000 people were arrested in connection with demonstrations for the independence of the Caprivi Strip. The Caprivi Strip is a long narrow Namibian land strip between neighboring Botswana, Angola and Zambia. In connection with the unrest here, at least 300 people fled to Botswana, seeking political asylum. President Sam Nujoma branded them as traitors and demanded that they be sent back to stand trial.

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