Namibian cops on high alert as video of pro-secessionists consulting sangoma is leaked

2016-05-05 15:19
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Abuja - New footage that has reportedly surfaced in Namibia has left police concerned over the country's state of security after it was found that a group of pro-secession youths were consulting a traditional healer to "soften" the hearts of Namibians.

According to local newspaper New Era, the footage showed the group referring to the country's Zambezi region as "Caprivi", its former name, while using the power of "black magic" to garner global sympathy for their secession ambitions.

In the video, the group, named the "Caprivi Concerned Group", could be seen performing rituals while hurling insults at former president Hifikepunye Pohamba and various other political leaders, the report said.

While it was believed that the video was filmed in April, 2012, the footage had surfaced among reports that 30 men serving terms due to their involvement in the Caprivi high treason trial would be given the opportunity to challenge their convictions on appeal in the country's Supreme Court.

The trial, one of three revolving around an attempt to secede the former Caprivi region in the late 1999, remained the longest in Namibia's legal history.

The main part of the trial, which lasted more than 11 years, resulted in a trial record of more than 41 606 typed pages of court proceedings by its conclusion.

Inspector General of the Namibian Police Sebastian Ndeitunga confirmed knowing of the leaked footage, claiming that the group's agenda was in line with those who had been arrested for high treason.

"We have been working hard to make sure that if they continue with the idea of Caprivi secession, to dismember the Republic of Namibia, they will face the same fate like those ones who were in court or are now behind bars. Therefore, they have to be careful," warned the police chief.


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