WINDHOEK, Namibia — Sam Nujoma, leader of the SWAPO guerrilla movement, received a hero's welcome today as he ended 30 years in exile to compete for political power in soon-to-be-independent Namibia.
Tight security measures were in force because of threats on Nujoma's life and the assassination Tuesday of Anton Lubowski, the only white with a leadership post in the South-West Africa People's Organization.
Earlier today, police announced the arrest of a suspect in the assassination of Lubowski. Police Inspector Kierie du Rand said the suspect was a 50-year-old white man with an Irish passport, arrested in Windhoek on Wednesday. He reportedly came to Namibia from Cape Town, South Africa.
'Spirit of Peace'
"We return in the spirit of peace, love and national reconciliation," Nujoma told a news conference at his new home in Katatura, the black township on the outskirts of Windhoek.