Sep 29

Namibian Correctional Service refutes claims that social activist Michael Amushelelo is on a hunger strike

The Namibian Correctional Service has strongly refuted claims that social activist Michael Amushelelo who is currently detained, is on a hunger strike. Windhoek Correctional Facility Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Commissioner Veikko Armas says officials have engaged Amushelelo and he has confirmed that he is not on a hunger strike. This is despite Amushelelo taking to social media to express that he has embarked on a hunger strike “to fight for his freedom”.  Amushelelo has been in detention since March this year, for allegedly going against a court order disallowing him to protest against unemployment, on Namibia’s Independence Day. He was arrested alongside Popular Democratic Movement Member of Parliament, Inna Hengari and social activist Dimbulukeni Nauyoma. The State has since withdrawn the charges against Hengari.