Investigations Into Ndatipo’s Death Aance

Investigations by the Office of the Ombudsman into circumstances surrounding the death of ‘struggle kid’ Frieda Ndatipo, are aancing well.

Ombudsman John Walters told Nampa yesterday that his office has already interviewed a number of people from both sides – the ‘children of the liberation struggle’ to whom Ndatipo belonged, and police force officers.

“The experts from my team have also visited the scene of the incident along the Leonard Auala and Hans-Dietrich Genscher Streets in Katutura to look for specific evidence.

We want to finalise the investigations as soon as possible for the relatives of the late Ndatipo and members of the public to have closure on the matter,” he explained.

The 26-year-old Ndatipo was allegedly shot dead by the police on 27 August 2014 during a confrontation with the members of the law-enforcement unit who were preventing the ‘struggle kids’ from marching to the Swapo-Party head office.

She was laid to rest at her home village in the Okongo district of the Ohangwena Region.

The investigations into circumstances leading to her death were announced by Prime Minister Hage Geingob during a media conference held at his office on 29 August this year, during which the Premier appointed and instructed the Ombudsman to lead the investigations.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the DTA of Namibia earlier described the killing of Ndatipo during the clash with the police as “sickening and morally indefensible”.

The DTA’s national chairperson Jennifer van den Heever said in a media statement then that the use of deadly force against unarmed civilians can under no circumstances be condoned, defended or justified, and should be condemned by the leadership of the Namibian government and the nation at large.


Source : The Namibian