PASTOR ACCUSED OF RAPING TWO MINOR GIRLS DENIED BAIL BY NAMIBIAN COURT

OTJIWARONGO, NAMIBIA-- A 40-year-old pastor at Osire Refugee Settlement in Otjozondjupa Region (province) in northern Namibia, who is accused of raping two minor girls there since March this year, has been denied bail in the Magistrate's Court in this regional capital.

Kyoni Ngwezia appeared before Otjiwarongo Magistrate Eduard Kesslau Monday on charges of rape of the two siblings aged 10 and 12, allegedly between March and July 22 this year.

Osire is situated about 120 kilometres south-east of Otjiwarongo.

Kesslau explained the accused's legal right to engage legal counsel of his choice, apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice's Legal Aid Directorate, or defending himself in court. Ngwezia opted to apply for a State-funded lawyer.

Public Prosecutor Anna Amukugo, who represented the State in the matter, strongly objected to the granting of bail to the accused saying he is a foreign national (Congolese) facing a serious offence.

Ngwezia was then remanded in custody and his case postponed to Oct 29, 2018 for further police investigations and to allow him to acquire legal representation.

The spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force in the region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha earlier told Nampa that Ngwezia was arrested on Friday at Osire after the two children revealed to their mother that he had been having sexual intercourse with them and offered money in return.

"Their mother then reported the matter to the police that led to interrogations, and finally his arrest," Mbeha said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK