Case Against Amushe And Nauyoma Dropped

However, they are not celebrating this victory

By  | Nov 21, 2022, 06:45 PM  | Michael Amushelelo  | Top of The

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After spending 3 months in custody at the Windhoek Island Prison, Michael Amushelelo, Dimbulukeni Nauyoma and 6 others have had their cases dropped by the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura. Although this might seem like a victory, the China Town 8 feel it is not a cause for celebration. 

The Namibian reports that the people arrested will no longer be charged. One of the arrested include Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) party leader Epafras Mukwiilongo. The deputy leader Kalimbo Iipumbu addressed the media and said they will not be celebrating this victory. 

For Nauyoma, he feels they lost so much during the three months they were behind bars. 

"Activist Dimbulukeni Nauyoma on Monday said one cannot quantify the loss they incurred during the three months he and other activities spent in jail following their arrest during a protest at China Town in Windhoek in May.

"He expressed concern about the trial-awaiting young people languishing in jail because they cannot afford legal representation. He called on the judiciary to desist from using court decisions to settle political scores," reports The Namibian.

Commissar for Economic Development at the Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF), Michael Amushelelo is also not celebrating this victory. 

He said in the press conference that their decision to not engage in any "confrontational Activism, must not be mistaken for a weakness"

He and a group of 7 political members engaged in a protest action at China Town in Windhoek, back in May this year. 

Amushe penned a letter to Namibians when he got released on bail after serving 3 months. "I am pleased to inform the public that after being imprisoned for over 100 days over 144,000 minutes my brother @nauyomadee and I have been released from Windhoek Island Prison.

We would like to inform the public that we are more determined to ensure that we achieve Genuine Economic Emancipation in our lifetime. The current government should build more prisons because for as long as we have oppressive leaders who are against their own people while favoring foreigners we won’t stop," wrote Amushelelo.

They said they will continue fighting for the oppressed, "We are highly appreciative of everyone who has supported us and with your encouragement, we will continue to fight against an oppressive government that is no different from the apartheid government. They are ready to silence us through prisons and even by killing us, however, our ideals will never die.

"Once we make our people realize how powerful they are, they will never allow themselves to be taken for granted," he concluded.

While arrested he said he would engage in a protest action by going on a hunger strike. 

"I Michael Ndali Saddam Amushelelo, a political prisoner in Windhoek central prison, I hear by informed the Namibia nation that I am on a hunger strike to protest and raise the following issues.

"Unemployment, marginalized groups, hunger, poverty, oppressed workers, injustice, the poor messes who are economically excluded, and my fellow depressed youth who are the majority yet they have no sense of urgency to solve their issues. I will remain on a hunger strike in solidarity with my fellow Namibians who go to bed on a hungry stomach because they do not have food. Power to the people!!!

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