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.
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.