Stock-theft and assault case in which community members were assaulted postponed to next year

GOBABIS: The stock-theft and assault case in which community members were assaulted after they discovered suspected stolen cattle at Eiseb Block in 2011, was on Friday postponed to next year.

The Otjinene Magistrate Court’s presiding officer Alexander Venacius postponed the case to 21 January 2015 for the setting of a trial date.

According to court records, four men were assaulted on 15 November 2011 after they had confiscated cattle from suspected cattle rustlers at Eiseb No. 10 in the Omaheke Region’s Otjombinde Constituency.

The accused in the matter are 13 men from the Eiseb area, who allegedly outnumbered the four men and brutally assaulted them.

The accused are Ebson Kanguatjivi, George Hengari, Gerson Hengari, Kovazandu Hengari, Corner Kanguatjivi, Vakamuina Kanguatjivi, Unotjari Ndjavera, Steve Korupanda, Mbatemua Korupanda, Munionganda Korupanda, Doose Hangero, Daniel Simeon and Jakuaterua Kanguatjivi.

They all are facing a charge of stock-theft and assault, with the exception of Jakuaterua Kanguatjiti, who only faces a charge of stock-theft.

The suspected cattle thieves allegedly stormed into a holding fence which was used to temporarily accommodate the cattle, and pounced on Nathaniel Ndjarakana, Philimon Nghishiko, Venotjari Tjikuzu and Tjirimejo Hirokoherua and the community members were assaulted with knobkieries and iron rods.

The four men had been on the trail of four cattle which went missing a few days earlier.

WALVIS BAY; Swapo-Party presidential candidate Dr Hage Geingob has promised to build more schools and eliminate the need for some children to be taught under trees.

He made this promise at the second Swapo-Party star rally held in Walvis Bay on Saturday, where he said if voted into power, he will deliver.

Addressing the well-attended rally at the Kuisebmond stadium, the Prime Minister said Swapo cannot allow the situation whereby some children are taught outside to continue.

He said no child should be taught under a tree, and this must be addressed during the second phase of the struggle, which is economic emancipation.

Geingob made reference to the Oshilimeya Primary School in the Oshikoto Region’s Okankolo Constituency, where learners are taught outside and in makeshift wooden structures.

Oshilimeya is situated approximately 70 kilometres north of Omuthiya, and has 70 learners in Grades One to Four.

The unregistered school was started by parents as a way to avoid the long distances the young children previously had to walk to the nearest school, being the Omeyatahekele Combined School.