Second Drunken Driving Charge for Deputy PG

A SENIOR staff member of Namibia’s prosecuting authority, deputy Prosecutor General Jackson Kuutondokwa, is back in familiar hot water, after he was arrested for alleged drunken driving on Sunday.

Kuutondokwa (57) appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor, alternatively driving with an excessive blood alcohol level, yesterday.

He spent the previous night in police custody after he had been arrested early on Sunday evening for allegedly driving his car on Independence Avenue in Katutura while under the influence of alcohol.

Kuutondokwa was granted bail of N$1 000 with his court appearance before Magistrate Surita Savage. His case was postponed to 2 September for further investigations to be carried out and to await the results of laboratory tests that have to be done.

Kuutondokwa, who is stationed at the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Luumlderitz Street, also has another case in which he is charged with driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor, alternatively driving with an excessive blood alcohol level, pending in the Windhoek Regional Court.

In that case, he is accused of having driven his car on Independence Avenue in Katutura on 8 April 2012 while he was under the influence of alcohol. He is scheduled to go on trial in the Windhoek Regional Court on those charges on 6 August.

Kuutondokwa had a first run-in with the law in connection with driving under the influence of alcohol in December 2002, when he was arrested and charged after a car driven by him had crashed into the boundary wall of a house in Windhoek West.

He was later indicted in the High Court, where he pleaded guilty to the charge in February 2004. He was sentenced to an effective fine of N$2 500 or six months’ imprisonment in that case and his driving licence was suspended for three months.

Prosecutor General Martha Imalwa said she had not yet been informed of Kuutondokwa’s latest case when she was contacted for comment yesterday.

Source : The Namibian