Three busted for alleged possession of protected plant species

RUNDU: Three men were arrested at the Namasira check point in the Kavango West Region on Friday for the alleged possession of seven bags of Gouty Vine plants without the necessary permits.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in its weekend crime report said the men were allegedly found with 429 kilogrammes of the Cyphostemma bainesii plant, valued at N.dollars 79 288, in their possession.

‘They failed to produce a permit authorising them to harvest the plant and are expected to appear in the Kahenge Magistrate’s Court on Monday,’ it read.

In an unrelated incident, a 27-year-old man was also arrested on Friday for reportedly stealing two donkeys valued at N.dollars 3 000 at Nkurenkuru.

It is alleged that the suspect found the two donkeys grazing behind a shopping complex and allegedly took the donkeys without the owner’s permission.

He was also expected to appear in the Kahenge Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Girlfriend dies after being stabbed by boyfriend

WINDHOEK: A 24-year-old woman died after allegedly being stabbed by her boyfriend on the left side of her neck with a knife at about 18h35 on Saturday in Rhine Street at Wanaheda.

The deceased was identified as Charlien van Wyk, according to a weekend crime report issued by the Namibian Police Force on Sunday.

It is alleged that Van Wyk and her boyfriend were observed coming out of a shack house when she fell to the ground after what has been suspected of them having quarrelled inside. An ambulance was summoned to the scene, and she was declared deceased by paramedics.

It is alleged that the murder weapon was recovered, and a 32-year-old male, a primary school teacher, was arrested. Her next of kin were informed.

In an attempted murder case on Sunday, a 19-year-old female sustained multiple wounds on her chest, abdomen, and right arm after she was struck by bullets allegedly fired by a security guard at about 04h00 at a shop in Witvlei.

‘It is alleged that the security guard who was on duty at the shop s
aw a man breaking into a truck parked next to the shop’s yard. It is alleged that the man ran away after seeing the guard and passed by a group of four people who were walking towards the truck. The guard allegedly asked the group about the running man whereby two men from the group confronted the guard and attempted to stab him with knives. The guard allegedly used his teargas to ward them off while trying to retreat, however, the two men continued to surround him whereby he took his service shotgun and shot at the ground. It is alleged that some bullets struck the victim who was among the group.’

The victim was admitted to Gobabis State Hospital and is in stable condition.

In a similar case, it is alleged that a 35-year-old man raped a 24-year-old woman and hit her with an iron bar on the head.

According to the crime report, the incident took place on Friday at around 23h00 in the Nuwerus location in Aranos. The victim allegedly sustained head injuries and was found unconscious by family members. She rec
eived treatment at Mariental State Hospital and was later discharged.

The suspect was arrested.

In an unrelated incident, three male suspects broke into a house at a plot in the Okahandja area and tied up two people at about 00h00 on Sunday.

According to the crime report, the two victims, a 59-year-old and wheelchair-bound 64-year-old were tied up and had items. The 59-year-old was injured and taken for medical treatment. All stolen items have not been verified yet.

Police investigations in all matters continue.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Two teens allegedly rape two minor girls

OSHIFUKWA: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Oshikoto Region have opened a case of rape against a 19-year-old after he reportedly raped an 11-year-old girl.

According to the region’s crime investigations coordinator Deputy Commissioner Titus Ekandjo, the incident allegedly occurred around 15h00 on Saturday at Oshifukwa village in the Omuthiya Constituency.

The girls and the suspect live in the same house as they are related.

‘It is alleged that the suspect, who is the girl’s cousin, followed her from the house to the family’s mahangu field, where she had gone to prevent goats from grazing on the crops. While she was lying on a blanket under a tree, the suspect grabbed her arms and twisted them, and also grabbed her head and started twisting it,’ said Ekandjo.

‘The victim told the suspect to leave her alone and stood up. He grabbed the blanket and went into the house where she followed him with the intention to get her blanket back, but the suspect allegedly went into the victim’s room and laid dow
n on the bed,’ added Ekandjo.

The girl entered the room and grabbed her blanket and that is when the suspect allegedly forced her onto the bed and had sexual intercourse with her under coercive circumstances.

When the victim’s grandmother came home, she informed her grandmother, who in turn reported the matter to the police.

The suspect is arrested and will appear before the Ondangwa Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

In a separate incident, NamPol also arrested a 17-year-old boy for allegedly raping an eight-year-old girl around 13h00 on Saturday at Onataga village in the Okankolo Constituency.

‘It is alleged that the suspect found the victim in the house with other children and called the victim to his hut, where he allegedly had sexual intercourse with her under coercive circumstances,’ Ekandjo said.

The victim, a Grade 2 learner, reported the matter to her parents when they returned home.

The suspect was set to appear in court at Ondangwa on Monday.

Investigations continue.

Source: The Namibia Press

Haukongo out until end of PSL season

WINDHOEK: Namibian footballer Lubeni Haukongo will be out of action until the end of the 2023/24 South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) season after picking up an injury in February.

Haukongo, who plies his trade for relegation threatened Cape Town Spurs in the PSL, tore a muscle while in action against AmaZulu at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town on 17 February 2024.

The footballer, who recently returned from Ivory Coast after representing his country there, recently told Nampa that the situation is frustrating but he will take his time to recover.

‘I tore my muscle completely but have gone through an operation and I’m now recovering at home. With the season coming to an end, I don’t think I will make it back as I was given three months to completely recover,’ he said.

He added that he is thankful to his teammates and management who have made him feel at home.

‘It’s frustrating to be injured, but my teammates and everyone at the club help make my recovery period smooth. Despite being out for three mon
ths I will not be travelling back home to Namibia as I have therapy to attend here,’ Haukongo said.

The 23-year-old Swakopmund-born defender also told this agency that he hopes to recover fully by June 2024, when Namibia is expected to take on Liberia in their World Cup qualifiers.

‘It is an honour to represent your country. The feeling I get from that is inexplicable and I am confident that by the time we start with the World Cup qualifiers, I will be fully recovered and ready to represent my country,’ said Haukongo.

Meanwhile, Haukongo expressed that one of his greatest moments as a footballer was when he represented his region at the Nedbank Namibian Newspaper Cup.

‘Playing at the Namibian Newspaper Cup made me the player that I am today as I was exposed to national scouts who selected me for the Under-17 national team, and I also ended up representing my country at U20 and U23 before the senior national team,’ he said.

He called on all young players preparing to compete at the upcoming Nedbank Newspa
per Cup during the Easter Weekend to be disciplined and to give it their all as they do not know who might be watching them.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Boxing board does not need the services of former boxers: Tjongerero

WINDHOEK: The Minister of Sport Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero said the Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB) does not need former boxers to serve on its board for it to function.

Tjongarero on Saturday at the inaugural NPBWCB awards held here said she has received several complaints regarding the compilation of NPBWCB and sees no problem with those in power to run boxing activities.

‘These board members are not going to step into the ring to fight so they don’t need any technical boxing experience. What we need is people with the right expertise in the field of finance, medicine and law,’ she said.

Tjongarero noted that in the past, board members tasked to run the board never managed to stage awards, and she is happy with the current board for choosing to recognise athletes.

‘We currently have capable people who are doing things. We are here hosting our first professional boxing awards, something previous board members have not done,’ she said.

Meanwhile, boxing
promoter and owner of the MTC Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy, Nestor Tobias while expressing appreciation to the minister for what she has done for sports, stressed that boxers understand the sport better than those tasked to run it, so they should be included in the composition of the board.

Tobias on Sunday told this agency: ‘We don’t have a problem with the current board and when their term comes to an end at the end of this month it will be important to look at who in the boxing fraternity can add value to the board as they have the technical know-how of the sport. Excluding them will mean boxers don’t have the know-how or capacity to decide on their sport.’

The renowned promoter and trainer stated that they can only help grow the sport if they are put in the right position to make decisions in the best interest of the sport.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency