Thieves Hit Swapo Head Office

THE headquarters of the ruling Swapo Party in Windhoek were broken into over the weekend, after the suspects allegedly overpowered and held the security guards at gunpoint.

Party sources estimate that the suspects stole about N$17 000 in cash as well as signed and unsigned cheques after using a blow-torch to cut open three safes and a vault.

The break-in was confirmed by Khomas police regional crime investigations coordinator, deputy commissioner Silvanus Nghishidimbwa, who said no one had been arrested by yesterday.

The burglars, who broke into party secretary general Nangolo Mbumba’s office too, also stole computers and monitors as well as television screens and confidential files.

Sources said the stolen computers contain confidential information and news of the burglary sparked speculation on whether the break-in was politically motivated, especially with national elections expected in three months.

Mbumba did not rule out political foul play, although he said he was awaiting a police report on the burglary to come up with an informed conclusion.

“There must be a political element. They knew that it was a Swapo office,” Mbumba said, questioning whether mere burglary was the motive.

He said the party was waiting for the officials to return to work today before assessing the situation.

Deputy Commissioner Nghishidimbwa said police are treating the case as a priority.

He said the security guards on the premises were overpowered and held at gunpoint, in the early hours of Saturday.

The Namibian understands that the burglars arrived at the Swapo head office, opposite the Katutura Intermediate Hospital, around midnight and ransacked the office for about four hours.

Source : The Namibian