Organise Africa

Via All Africa:

Maputo — The four people accused by the Mozambican police of using a supposedly “highly corrosive substance” in an attempt to sabotage the Cahora Bassa dam are in fact members of a lunatic fringe group called “Orgonise Africa”.

The four have now been named as Georg Ritschi (a German architect), Carlos Silva (a Portuguese hotelier), Tino Phutheso (a Botsanan aircraft pilot), and Joseph Ngusato (a South African self-styled “prophet”).

There was nothing clandestine about this group’s visit to the Cahora Bassa lake. They advertised it on their Internet websites, where they called the journey “Operation Paradise”.

“Want to come on our next Zambezi expedition, April 2009?”, asked Georg Ritschi on an “Orgonise Africa” blog. “Our next big expedition will be the continuation of our last great water gifting effort on the lower Zambezi”, said Ritschi.

What can they possibly be talking about? Orgonise? Gifting?

It turns out that Orgonise Africa is a band of dedicated followers of the Austrian psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich, who died in an American jail in 1956. Reich did some valuable work on human sexuality in the early part of his career, but in his later years switched his political allegiance from left to right, and showed signs of mental illness and paranoia…..

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