The minority Caprivi African National Union (CANU) split from SWAPO (South West African People's Organisation) on Wednesday (6 August)alleging a serious tribal rift within the organisation in which Caprivian lives were in danger.
SV Former Vice-President of SWAPO Mishake Muyongo, (tallest man) outside his offices in Lusaka, Zambia.
CU INT Placards with sign: "We have been CANU plus SWAP not SWAPO alone. Unity should be Mutual".
CU Mr. Muyongo speaking in English. (4 shots)
SV & LV PAN EXT Mr. Muyongo climbs into car and drives away. (2 SHOTS)
MUYONGO: "During all these years we have patiently requested SWAPO to change its structure from that of its predecessor, the Ovamboland People's Organisation to a more national organisation in which all tribes are represented. The SWAPO we found one hundred percent with Sam Nujoma, Nelenghani, and what have you, conducting the SWAPO orchestra. During the last sixteen years Nujoma knows only too well that we have fought to change the name SWAPO to cater for the presence of CANU. But, he and his colleagues have always wished to maintain the structure of OPO and its history intact. The leadership of CANU has been systematically reduced to almost to nothing, while SWAPO has about one hundred percent of the leadership of the National executive Committee, Central Committee and of foreign missions abroad. The army promotions are within merits reserved for Ovambos. There have been disturbing proportions in numbers of students sent to schools. Ovambos qualify to take scholarships although they may be unfit academically to take up these scholarships."
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Background: The minority Caprivi African National Union (CANU) split from SWAPO (South West African People's Organisation) on Wednesday (6 August)alleging a serious tribal rift within the organisation in which Caprivian lives were in danger.
SYNOPSIS: CANU leader, Mr. Mishake Muyongo told a hastily arranged news conference in Lusaka that he was withdrawing from SWAPO because his Caprivian followers were threatened by what he called the Ovambo tribe dominated SWAPO leadership.
CANU merged with SWAPO in 1964 to start a joint struggle for independence in South West Africa (Namibia). Mr. Muyongo said he had received a message from a refugee camp in north-western Zambia saying thee had been clashes between caprivi and Ovambo factions. He said he feared lives were being lost and called on the Zambian government to send security forces to the area to restore order.