Omusati NamPol tracking suspects in RDP attack

OUTAPI: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Omusati Region are still searching for two of three suspects linked to the politically motivated attack on leaders of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) at Outapi on Saturday.

Warrant Officer Lineekela Shikongo of NamPol’s Public Relations Unit in the region told Nampa on Tuesday that one of the three suspects, Joshua Andowa, was arrested on Saturday and appeared before the magistrate’s court at Outapi on Monday.

Andowa has been granted bail of N.dollars 500, and his case was postponed to 30 June this year for further NamPol investigations.

Andowa and the two other suspects, who are yet to be arrested, allegedly led a mob attack on the RDP regional leaders during their meeting held at Outapi’s Onhimbu informal settlement.

The RDP leaders are said to have gathered to plan for their political rally due to take place at the town this Saturday.

The Secretary of the RDP in Omusati Region, Immanuel Shikongo, was also present at that meeting, and was one of four RDP members who sustained serious injuries as a result of the attack.

The RDP leaders (about 15 people) gathered under a public tree at Onhimbu when a mob of 30 to 40 people, who claimed to be members of the Swapo-Party, attacked them.

A nearby house of an RDP member also suffered damage to its windows. The mob attacked by throwing stones and pieces of bricks before the Police was called in to disperse them.

Shikongo and others were treated for severe injuries at the Outapi district hospital.

The RDP, Shikongo said, will hold its fundraising braai and a political rally at Outapi this Saturday despite last Saturday’s attack on its members.