October 3, 1989 |
Clashes between two political factions vying to lead Namibia into independence left two people dead and at least 30 injured, officials and news reports said Monday. A 27-year-old man was clubbed to death when he and four friends stopped at a small shop in the northern town of Oshakati on Saturday, said Gerhard Roux, spokesman for Namibia's adminstrator, Louis Pienaar.
September 15, 1989 |
Sam Nujoma, the black nationalist leader of Namibia's guerrillas, returned home Thursday after 30 years in exile to the tumultuous welcome of thousands amid heightened fears that his life is in danger. Only two days after Nujoma's most senior white adviser was assassinated, apparently by right-wing extremists, Nujoma stepped down from a chartered Boeing 767 jet to lead his South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) in U.N.
September 12, 1989
Two top-ranking officials of the South-West Africa People's Organization returned to Namibia from exile in Angola. They are expected to be joined later in the week by Sam Nujoma, leader of the once-outlawed guerrilla movement. Secretary General Andimba Toivo ja Toivo and national chairman David Meroro arrived at Windhoek on a flight from Luanda. "Home, sweet home," Ja Toivo said after kissing the tarmac. "It is very sweet to be back."
September 2, 1989 |
Theo-Ben Gurirab, a young teacher with dreams of black liberation, stuffed some carefully falsified identity papers into his pocket 27 years ago and stole onto an outbound train just ahead of the South African authorities. Once outside Namibia's borders, he earned a master's degree at an American university, married an American fashion merchandiser--and helped guide one of Africa's bloodiest guerrilla wars.
August 12, 1989 |
Gunmen have attacked U.N. troops for the first time since they arrived to police Namibia's progress toward independence, and the United Nations on Friday condemned the assaults as terrorism. A commercial security guard was killed when unidentified gunmen threw grenades and fired guns from a vehicle at a U.N. post in the northern Namibian town of Outjo. A similar attack, in which no one was injured, was made on an Outjo military compound where Kenyan troops are billeted.
July 5, 1989 |
A group of 153 men, women and children held captive by the Namibian guerrilla organization SWAPO flew to Windhoek on Tuesday under the terms of an independence plan for the South African-run territory. They said they were among about 2,000 dissidents imprisoned and tortured by the South-West Africa People's Organization during its guerrilla war to gain independence for Namibia. SWAPO leaders say they held only 201 dissidents and have released them all.