In South West Africa, supporters of the South West African Political Organisation (SWAPO) faction led by Mr.
In South West Africa, supporters of the South West African Political Organisation (SWAPO) faction led by Mr. Sam Nujoma are mourning the death of his father last week (17 October). This SWAPO group has boycotted the elections that South Africa has called, despite United Nations' objections, for the first week in December. Unofficial polls say most voting support should go to the year-old Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA), led by Mr. Dirk Mudge, with Mr. Nujoma's SWAPO running second, despite its boycott.
SYNOPSIS: This is the Catholic mission at Oshikuku, some thirty kilometres (18 miles) from Oshakati, the capital of Owambo province just below the Angolan border. Sam Nujoma left his parents here when he left the country. Both parents were practising Christians, and Sam Nujom's seventy-five-year old father strongly condemned violence. His mother sits in the open kraal on Wednesday (18 October) reading her Bible and praying for her husband, who has died the night before. Friends offer their condolences.
The same day at Ombalantu, ninety kilometres (54 miles) from the provincial capital, South African and Ovambo troops guarded villagers on their way to a DTA meeting. The main attraction was a speech from party leader Dirk Midge, who formed it a year ago after breaking away from the ruling National party.
At one stage, there were more than thirty political parties in South West Africa, but alliances and coalitions have reduced these to a more practical handful as the deadline for political party registration before the election draws near. The pool is to elect the territory's new constituent assembly to guide it to independence as Namibia. Speaking in Afrikaans, Mr. Mudge asked his audience 'How long will we allow SWAPO to murder our people?" He said many had given up hope that this help would come externally from the United Nations and leading countries of the West.
Recent polls gave third place in possible vote counts to the Aktur Party, which once had the support of more than half the country's whites. Fourth in voters' favour came the Namibian National Front, which has also boycotted the elections. Support was slight for the extreme right-wing Herstige Nasionale Party.