Investigations into struggle kids’ case not yet completed

WINDHOEK: Investigations into the case of five ‘children of the liberation struggle’ who allegedly entered the Katutura police station by force in August this year and freed a friend, have not yet been completed.

This was said by Public Prosecutor Erick Naikaku when Titus Iita, 31; Martin Shikongo, 33; Teobard Kahala, 32; Toivo Mwatile, 29; and John Shikenga, 30, made their second appearance before Windhoek Magistrate George Mbundu along Mungunda Street in Katutura on Monday morning.

The five are each charged with malicious damage to property, and defeating the course of justice.

Their case was remanded until 08 December this year to allow for further police investigations, as well as to allow the group to each bring a formal bail application before court.

On 01 September 2014 during the group’s first court appearance, Naikaku strongly opposed the granting of bail to the five on the grounds that the investigations into their case were still at an initial stage, and because they could interfere with police investigations once released on bail.

The Head of the Namibian Police Force’s (NamPol) Public Relations’ Division, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi told a media briefing on 31 August this year that a mob of about 20 ‘struggle kids’ arrived at the Katutura police station on 29 August 2014, demanding the release of a fellow ‘struggle kid’ who was being held in custody at the police station at that time.

The group, which lost a female member, Frieda Ndatipo when shots were fired during a scuffle with police on 27 August this year, entered the Katutura police station, allegedly broke the burglar bars, freed their friend and left the station.

Kanguatjivi said a police officer was on duty, but the group managed to remove him and entered the holding cells.

The five suspects were arrested on 30 August at about 08h00 by members of the Namibian Police’s Special Reserve Force Unit at their shacks alongside Hereford Street in the Okuryangava informal settlement area.