Why CANU was formed in Caprivi in the 60s?

Dear Editor

Allow me to express my views in your newspaper.

Caprivi African National Union (CANU) was simply established in the former Caprivi during the 1960s in order to liberate the people of Caprivi to fight for the total independence of the territory and its people.

Mr.Dunbar Saini Chakopo

During that time there was no other political party in the territory other than CANU. People who crossed the border to the neighbouring country (Zambia) had the vision to have their own administration restored in the territory other than German South West African colonial rule.

However, the territory is still under colonial rule spearheaded by the Namibian government. This is a true statement simply because the government of the Republic of Namibia had since independence in 1990 started to divide the people of the former Caprivi in order to disunity them.

On the other hand the Namibian authorities in the territory had introduced additional chiefs on top of the first two chiefs who were in the territory to extend their divide and rule.

During colonialism under GSWA, people in the territory were completely united that’s why they managed to form their own political party CANU.

Furthermore, the government of the Republic of Namibia classify themselves as democratic after all they are denying to pave a dialogue or referendum and unconditional release of all remaining Caprivi political prisoners and those who are in exile in different countries to come back in their mother land.

Finally let me encourage the Namibian government to refrain from punishing and torturing their fellow Africans.

The first country to be independent in Africa was Ghana in 1957 but Nkwame Nkuruma continued to encourage other African countries to fight for freedom to a greater extent other African countries followed the suit, Kenya under the leadership of Jomo Kenyata, Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi a former Kenyan president who served as the second President of Kenya from 1978 to 2002, Tanzania, Julius Nyerere and our closest neighbour Zambia under the leadership of Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.

So let Caprivians be free in order to show case your so called democracy.

By Dunbar Saini Chakopo

Katima Mulilo





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