Fist Waving Pupils Beaten Up At Omusati

POLICE in Omusati region are hunting for suspects, believed to be RDP supporters, who beat up pupils from Onelago Combined School recently.

Omusati crime coordinator, commissioner Bonifatius Kanyetu, confirmed the beating and said the parents of the pupils have opened a case of assault with intent to cause bodily harm and damage to property.

“We are desperately looking for the people who beat up the school children. We are calling for those who may have information to assist the police in their investigations,” Kanyetu said.

He said police were told the pupils could have been beaten up as they walked along the Omafo-Outapi main road by RDP supporters who were coming from Ohangwena region.

“When they came to Onghili village, they met children walking along the main road on their way from school. They greeted them with the RDP slogan and the pupils responded with the Swapo (Party) fist sign. The RDP supporters stopped their truck and started assaulting the pupils, tearing their school uniforms in the process,” Kanyetu said.

The RDP head office has promised to help with the investigations.

Police have also arrested two people believed to be Swapo members in connection with the assault on RDP supporters at Omusati early last month. Kanyetu said Josua Andowa from Outapi was arrested on the day the assault was carried out and he has already appeared in the Outapi Magistrate’s Court. A second suspect, Wilson Shoopala, was arrested a week later and appeared in the same court on 23 May.

Both Andowa and Shoopala are out on bail and are expected back in court on 30 June.

Kanyetu said the region usually experiences problems between RDP and Swapo members in Omusati region before elections.

“We called the leaders from the two political parties and discussed with them the election code of conduct. It was a fruitful consultative meeting. We hope they take it seriously and will adhere to its deliberations,” Kanyetu said.

Source : The Namibian