Woman arraigned before court for setting RDP flag ablaze

OUTAPI; A 31-year-old woman from Onhimbu informal settlement at Outapi in the Omusati Region, on Monday appeared before that town’s magistrate’s court on charge of malicious damage to property

Spokeperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the region, Sergeant Hesekiel Hamalwa, confirmed this to Nampa on Tuesday.

Imene Naatye Nangolo is accused of torching a flag of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), which was reportedly removed from the premisses of Helvy Shilongo – a member of the official opposition, over the weekend.

Nangolo allegedly torched the flag on Sunday at about 18h00, when a mob of supporters of the Swapo Party went to Shilongo’s house where they allegedly threatened her because of her membership with the RDP.

The mob is said to have also threatened to burn down Shilongo’s house, promoting the intervention of the police to diffuse the situation.

Hamalwa pointed out that Nangolo was released on warning and she is expected to return to court on 12 December this year.

The Police are yet to arrest a suspect in connection with the torching of an RDP T-shirt, which was allegedly also done during the the scuffle between Swapo and RDP supporters at Shilongo’s place over the weekend.

Hamalwa pointed out that the Swapo supporters went to Shilongo’s house on Saturday evening after the ruling party’s election campaign rally held at Outapi on the same day. The mob retuned on Sunday evening at the same house, Hamalwa said.

Swapo Presidential candidate, Dr Hage Geingob, was the main speaker during the party rally on Saturday.