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    Mistake Muyongo, the acting Vice-President of the South-West African Peoples' Organisation (SWAPO), has compared the constitutional talks currently being held in Namibia with"a group of servants sitting together with their masters".

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    GV SWAPO news conference in progress.

    CU Mistake Muyongo speaking with Theo-Ben Gurirbg listening.

    TRANSCRIPT: TOULMIN-ROTHE: "Mr. Muyongo, I gather you're going to be in London for a couple of days. Will you be making any official contact with the British government while you're here?"

    MUYONGO: "I believe really that I make this opportunity of begin in London to meet some of the British government officials and I hope if chance perhaps I will be able to meet the Minister of State in charge of African affairs whilst in London and discuss the question of Namibia and then give him our view as we see the situation now prevailing in Namibia and then hear what they have to say themselves on the question of Namibia."

    TOULMIN-ROTHE: "You've been to New York at the Untied Nations to give evidence before the decolonisation committee. Can you say what you told the committee?"

    MUYONGO: "Well, you know, the situation today in Central Africa has reached a very critical state and in Namibia in particular we have to put across a case, firstly put across a case of our colleagues who are sentenced to death. Secondly to put a case vis a vis the constitutional talks that Vorster is trying to engineer in Namibia and what we think of it and the conspiracy behind the whole thing. The necessity we have to put before the committee about the OAU meeting which is to be held in Mauritius. In a word, how we look at it and what plans we have for the conference in Mauritius."

    TOULMIN-ROTHE: "I'm going to take you up on the question of the constitutional conference. Can you spell out what SWAPO's views on the conference are?"

    MUYONGO: "In actual fact I think we have made our position very clear from the beginning when Vorster started with his scheme. We said we had nothing to do with the constitutional talks in Namibia. Thus, it was really based on tribal ethnic course, so we believe that the constitutional talks that are going on in Namibia now is nothing more than a group of servants sitting together with their masters and the masters in this case dictating the line under which he sees the future of Namibia to be solved, so as such we have nothing to do with it."

    TOULMIN-ROTHE: "What hope have you that Namibia will be free and independent in a fairly short time?"

    MUYONGO: "I believes we are really in a very good position and capable to liberate ourselves in a very short time. I've always believed we are our own liberators. What the outside world has to do is complement our own efforts. So given this in mind and looking at the struggle the way it's moving, the armed struggle, the prospects seem to be very good and we shall be free in a very short time."


    Mr. Muyongo was in London for a few days in his way back from New York where he had been virgin evidence before the Decolonisation committee at the Untied Nations. He was on the way home to Lusaka, Namibia, where he has lived in exile form Namibia for ten years. Although South Africa illegally occupies Namibia and has been told to move its troops out of the territory, it refuses until current constitutional talks there have been satisfactorily completed. A Spokesman for the multi racial talks has said that the committee has been urged to produce a draft, to go before a conference of the 11 ethnic groups living there, as soon as possible. However an end to the talks is not in sight and South Africa's Prime Minister, John Vorster, has been accused of trying to delay the draft for as long as possible. Namibia is rich in oil and diamonds and is expected to be economically secure because of these assets.

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    Background: Mistake Muyongo, the acting Vice-President of the South-West African Peoples' Organisation (SWAPO), has compared the constitutional talks currently being held in Namibia with"a group of servants sitting together with their masters". He was speaking to Visnews reporter, Paul Toulmin-Rothe, in London on Monday (28 June), and was accompanied by SWAPO's permanent representative at the Unite Nations, Theo-Nen Gurirab.

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