Three Namibians arrested in Angola set free

Three Namibian men from the Kavango West Region that were arrested in Angola for allegedly burning a hut belonging to an Angolan headman have been released from prison.

The three Namibians from Sivara and Kasivi villages were in Angola by the Angolan authorities on 13 November 2019.

The trio was arrested for allegedly burning a hut belonging to an Angolan headman's and they have been kept in the Menongue central prison in the Cuando Cubango Province since their arrest.

Namibia's Consulate General in Menongue, Angola, Mauritz Gawanab in an interview with Nampa on Wednesday confirmed the trio's release, saying that the three was released on Tuesday due to a lack of evidence.

He said the trio was released on Tuesday due to a lack of evidence and they are currently with the immigration officials arranging their travelling documents for them to leave the country.

The guys have been released and I was with them yesterday. They were released due to lack of evidence and they are now with the immigration authorities to arrange for the papers for them to leave the country, said Gawanab.

He added that they are currently being accommodated at the immigration offices since they do not official papers.

The three men allegedly crossed the Kavango River alongside nine women. However, the women were later released on warning.

Gawanab told this agency in January this year that when he received the news about the trio's arrest, he later found out upon investigations that there were also other Namibians in Menongue that have not been to court since their arrest.

The Consulate General said the woman who was arrested at Calai, accused of allegedly killing her daughter was also released on Monday due to a lack of evidence.

We are happy that she was released but we don't know where she is but we are trying to find where she is because she was release a day before yesterday, he said.

Gawanab further cautioned Namibians living alongside the river to stop crossing into Angola illegally, but rather to use the border because the Namibia and Angola are two different countries with different laws.

This agency has been reliably been informed that the three are expected to arrive in Namibia on Thursday at the Katwitwi border post in the Kavango West region in the Mpungu constituency.

Source: Namibia Press Agency