PG declines to prosecute Hashilelo

ONGWEDIVA: The Office of the Prosecutor-General (PG) has declined to prosecute a northern businessman who was charged with possession of suspected stolen property.

Filimon Hashilelo, the owner of the Fari Boy business outlet at the Adolf settlement at Ekolanaambo village in the Oshana Region was arrested in May last year when Oshana Namibian Police Force (NamPol) investigation officers raided his business compound.

Some 40 pairs of Police uniforms and a few rounds of ammunition were found in one of the bedrooms at Hashilelo’s business place during the raid.

The Police seized the clothes and ammunition and arrested Hashilelo, 43, and Wilbard Hamukonda during the raid on the charge of possession of suspected stolen items.

Hamukonda, also 43, is a Police officer, and was renting accommodation at the Fari Boy business outlet at the time.

Allegations were rife during the arrest of the duo that the uniforms were used to set up an illegal roadblock on the Ondangwa-Oshikango main road, where a Chinese businessperson was robbed at gun-point a few days before the raid.

Hashilelo and Hamukonda appeared in the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court for the first time on 30 May last year, and they were eventually cleared of all criminal charges on 23 April this year after PG Olivia Martha Imalwa declined to prosecute them.

Hashilelo maintained that the uniforms belonged to Hamukonda, and it was found in his (Hamukonda’s) rented room.

“I was wrongfully arrested and charged, because I have nothing to do with those uniforms. It is Hamukonda who has to answer,” Hashilelo told Nampa in an interview over the weekend.

This news agency is in possession of a copy of the charge sheet which indicates that the PG has declined to prosecute the duo.

A reliable source at the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court told this news agency last Wednesday that Hashilelo could not be prosecuted because the uniforms found at his place were brought there by Hamukonda, who is a Police officer.

“The Police officer in question also could not be prosecuted, because he is entitled to the uniform clothes. It is up to the Police to take disciplinary action if he has acquired those uniform clothes without following the right procedures,” the source explained.