The elections being held in Namibia this week, were dismissed as "a fraud" by Mr Justin Ellis, General Secretary of the Christian Centre in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, during a news conference in London on Tuesday (5 December).
SV Mr Justin Ellis with reporter John Darby (silent)
CU Mr Justin Ellis speaking in English (THREE SHOTS)
ELLIS: "The United Nations is under an obligation through its member states, especially in the West to ensure that this plan is implemented."
DARBY: "Now you have just left Namibia. What effect do you think the arrest of the six SWAPO members will have no the situation?"
ELLIS: "Well, I think this is further intimidatory move. It will simply persuade more and more people that it is not worth their while to stay inside Namibia and to try and work for justice within the existing opportunities, and in order to do this, means more people taking part in the violence, the liberation struggle. I think people should be mae very well aware of the level of pressure which has been brought to bear on the Namibian population to get them to vote against their will, and to force them to give a mandate which they are not at all willing to give."
DARBY: "Do you see any peaceful way out of the present situation in South West Africa?"
ELLIS: "The United Nations' plan is the way to a peaceful settlement."
DARBY: "But will it actually occur?"
ELLIS: "It certainly can be implemented, but there is a need for business people, for governments that have interested themselves in Namibia, to ensure that it is carried through."
DARBY: "Mr Ellis. Thank you."
ELLIS: "Thank you."
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Background: The elections being held in Namibia this week, were dismissed as "a fraud" by Mr Justin Ellis, General Secretary of the Christian Centre in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, during a news conference in London on Tuesday (5 December). Mr Ellis, a South African by birth, was deported by the South African authorities last week. He had spent six years in Namibia. At the news conference Mr Ellis accused the South Africans of "extensive intimidation" and "widespread malpractice". He told Visnews' reporter John Darby that the real responsibility for fair elections in Namibia, rested on the plan put forward by the United Nations.