SWAPO war veterans in the Hardap region are demanding an apology from former DTA (now Popular Democratic Movement or PDM) leader, Katuutire Kaura, before they can accept him as one their own.
In an exclusive interview with the Windhoek Observer this week, Victoria Kauluma, in her self-declared role as a representative of the SWAPO war veterans in the Hardap region, said Kaura should ask for forgiveness first before he can be accepted in the party.
Kauluma claimed that Kaura orchestrated the killing of their family members during the liberation struggle when he was a commander in the South African Police Koevoet unit.
She accused the SWAPO leadership of having a hidden agenda in their decision to accept Kaura into their party fold.
“We know about the secret meeting Kaura had with President Hage Geingob last year where they agreed to recognise former Koevoet member as veterans. Kaura was promised that after the (Sixth SWAPO Party) congress, he and his Koevoet fellows would be given veteran status and compensation for their work during the struggle,” Kauluma claimed.
The former Koevoet storm troopers, who terrorized the North during the independence war, have been aggressively demanding recognition as war veterans.
Kauluma said the decision by former SWAPO Secretary General, Nangola Mbumba, to accept Kaura into the ruling party was ill conceived and will lead to the destruction of the party.
Kaura was welcomed into the SWAPO Party last month, after having been with the DTA, now known as the PDM, for 40 years.
He joined SWAPO four years after losing out the party presidency to youthful leader, McHenry Venaani.
In an interview with The Namibian last month, Kaura said that he left the DTA (PDM) because he believed that the party was dead after its recent rebranding exercise.
Koevoet was a brutal South African/Namibian paramilitary unit that committed war atrocities against civilians and members of the then SWAPO military wing, PLAN, during Namibia’s fight for freedom from illegal South African occupation.
The SWAPO Party Hardap regional coordinator was not available for comment by the time of going to print.