Namibia’s Ombudsman, Basilius Dyakugha, has refused to be dragged into the debate on whether or not the veterinary cordon fence (VCF), more commonly known as the Red Line, should be removed. While acknowledging that the Red Line excludes the majority of Namibians in the economic mainstream, Dyakugha said it is not his place to take a stance on the subject. He was speaking here at a public lecture on the role of the Office of the Ombudsman and social justice in Namibia on Tuesday, organised by the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement. As such, the Ombudsman will not join the case in which the AR leader, Job Amupanda, wants the Red Line declared unconstitutional. “In this case, there are other Namibians who are opposing and there are others who want it removed.
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