Councillor pays ex-teacher for defamation

ONGWEDIVA: A retired teacher at the Ohalushu village in the Ohangwena Region has successfully sued Ohangwena regional councillor for Ondobe Constituency, Mandume Pohamba for defamation.

Priscilla Kambode told Nampa on Wednesday that Pohamba finally paid for damages caused to her character through a political statement made some six years ago during a meeting at the Ohalushu village to mark Swapo’s founding day (19 April).

That meeting followed the formation of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) and rumours that Kambode was associated to the RDP.

“I was at home listening to Mandume (Pohamba) slandering and falsely accusing me of being a nuisance (omhote) at Ohalushu,” she told Nampa.

Pohamba, who was the main speaker at that meeting, also demanded that she and a yet-unidentified pastor be deported from Ohalushu to the Edundja village where they originate from.

Sine then, Pohamba had been denying that he employed a personal attack on Kambode during the said meeting, and subsequently did not attend court hearings in that regard at Ondangwa on several occasions.

However, the Ondangwa Magistrate’s Court had in 2012 resolved that Pohamba should pay Kambode for defamation.

On Monday, he paid N.dollars 20 000 for damages caused, with N.dollars 500 from that amount deducted as an “administration fee”.

Kambode pointed out that she was pleased with the outcome, especially as the court also compelled Pohamba to pay her legal costs.

She said Pohamba was arrogant when she initially asked him to give a friendly apology before taking up the issue with the court to sue for defamation.

“People should learn to apologise for a mistake. He (Pohamba) would not have lost his money this way if he was kind, friendly and apologised for accusing me at a public meeting,” she noted.

Kambode then requested other people and especially politicians to refrain from slander, and to learn from Pohamba’s case.

“I call upon him (Pohamba) to rather come to me so I can advise him how to be polite towards elderly people and to teach him to obey God’s fourth and fifth Commandments,” she said.

Approached for comment on Wednesday afternoon, Pohamba declined.

H is a son of President Hifikepunye Pohamba.