Release of report on Ndatipo death long procedure- Kawana

The release of the content of the final report on the investigation in connection with the death of ‘exiled child’ Frieda Ndatipo, will take a while before it is made known to the general public.

Attorney-General and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Dr. Albert Kawana, told Nampa upon inquiry on Monday morning that the content of the final report cannot be released to the general public now or in the next few months, as his office has to first engage other stakeholders and Government Ministries on the matter.

“The content of the report surrounding the death of the late “struggle kid” Frieda Ndatipo, cannot be released in its current state or form to the general public now. It will take some time, because the procedure before the release of the content of the report is another long process as the Office of the Attorney-General has to engage the Ministry of Safety and Security, the Office of the Prosecutor-General and the Office of the Ombudsman, “ explained Kawana.

The late Ndatipo was shot dead during some violent street-stone-throwing scuffle between the struggle kids and members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) along the Leonard Auala and Hans-Dietrich Genscher Streets in Katutura, in the vicinity of the Swapo-Party Headquarters in Katutura on 27 August 2014.

Ndatipo was a member of the members of a group of ‘children of the liberation struggle’ which has been staging protests and related marches in Windhoek and at the northern town of Eenhana in Ohangweana region, demanding the allocation of job opportunities in Government Ministries and other State-owned departments.

A final report surrounding her death compiled by the Office Ombudsman, Advocate John Walters was handed over to the Office of the Attorney-General on 20 December last year.

The Office of the Ombudsman was tasked to carry out a thorough investigation into Ndatipo’s death on the instructions of Prime Minister, Dr. Hage Geingob’s office, representing the Namibian Government.

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

Meanwhile, several Namibians described the alleged killing of Ndatipo during the clash with the police as “sickening and morally indefensible”.

The members of the public and leaders of the opposition political parties said in earlier media statements and via the short message services SMSes 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.