Namibia (CLA)


Conflict Summary

The colonial separation of land in southwest Africa resulted in the Caprivi Strip being incorporated into Namibia, despite the fact that it had a distinct ethnic background, history, culture and language. Consequently, a separatist movement came into existence in 1998, the Caprivi Liberation Army (CLA), which launched minor attacks on a few government installations in August 1999. Since then, there has been little activity, save the discovery of negligible weapon stocks and the detention of over 100 alleged insurgents without trial. Of more concern to the central government, however, is the presence of União Nacional para la Independência Total de Angola (UNITA) rebels in the Caprivi Strip, who occasionally clash with the Namibian Defence Force.