Man arrested for allegedly selling his son

RUNDU: A 32-year-old man was arrested by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) last Friday for allegedly offering to sell his 10-year-old son for N.dollars 75 000.

Diyeve Detembero, a resident of the Kehemu informal settlement on the outskirts of Rundu, appeared in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court yesterday on a charge of human trafficking.

Magistrate Helen Olaiya postponed the case to 02 October this year for further police investigations.

According to the charge-sheet, the suspect apparently wanted to get rid of his biological son (name withheld) because the boy is a school drop-out, was useless at home, and supporting him was a financial burden.

The accused person was denied bail by the magistrate, because investigations are still at an initial stage, and because the offence is deemed serious.

The incident is widely regarded by residents at the town as testimony to ongoing rumours of muti-related crimes, which use human body parts in rituals to apparently enrich people.