Observations from Namibia

(No. 18)
by Ralston Deffenbaugh, Lutheran Office for World Community
New York, New York, United States
January 25, 1990
Publisher: Lutheran Office for World Community
8 pages
Memorandum faxed from Namibia to Lutheran World Federation (Geneva), which distributed it in Europe, and the Lutheran Office for World Community (New York), which distributed it in the U.S. The memorandum says the Namibian Constituent Assembly met today for the first time this year; it received the draft constitution for Namibia prepared by the Standing Committee on Standing Rules and Orders; debate on the constitution will begin January 29; because all parties are represented in the Standing Committee, and because the Standing Committee reached unanimous agreement on the draft constitution, it is expected that the Constituent Assembly's debate will not last long and that the constitution will be adopted next week. The memorandum discusses SWAPO, Sam Nujoma, parliament, legislation, the National Assembly, the National Council, Ovamboland, UNITA, Koevoet, the South West Africa Territorial Force (SWATF), Hans Diergaardt, the Federal Convention of Namibia, Mburumba Kerina, Hartmut Ruppel, Vekuii Rukoro, NNF (Namibia National Front), Arthur Chaskalson, Marinus Wiechers, Gerhard Erasmus, the University of South Africa, the University of Stellenbosch, Hage Geingob, Amnesty International, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the death penalty, the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN), freedom of the press, the International covenant on civil and Political Rights, the judiciary, the Supreme Court, Reggie Diergaardt, the UDF (United Democratic Front), the Patriotic Unity Movement, Pastor Michael Nengola, Jonas Martin's shop at Onangama, UN special Representative Martti Ahtisaari, the Administrator-General, UNTAG (United Nations Transitional Assistance Group), British forces, UN police and soldiers, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia, Lutheran World Federation World Service, Lutheran Bishop Kleopas, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Hirikepunye Pohamba, Theo-Ben Gurirab, Peter Mueshihange, Otto Herrigel, Nahas Angula, Hidipo Hamutenya, Nicky Iyambo, Hendrik Witbooi, Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, Helmut Angula, Ngarikutuke Tjiriange, Libertine Amathila, Ben Amathila, Richard Kapelwa, Marco Hausiku, Daniel Tjongarero, Vezera Kandetu, and the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW). • THE CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY • THE DRAFT CONSTITUTION OF NAMIBIA • THE SHADOW CABINET • THE SITUATION IN THE NORTH • POLICE AND MILITARY TRAINING • DROUGHT FEARS • BUSHMEN RESETTLEMENT • MISCELLANEOUS • THE NAMIBIAN SHADOW CABINET
Used by permission of Ralston Deffenbaugh.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root