6 NEWS Monday, March 5 2018 | NEW ERA Albertina Nakale Windhoek John Muyamba Rundu Rundu-based property developer Armstrong Properties and Construction last Friday lodged its case with the High Court against the Rundu Town Council over a botched land deal. Council to pay it N7 million for irregularly cancelling a private public-partnership (PPP) agreement signed between the two parties. Armstrong Properties wants compensation for servicing 600 plots on which they intended to develop 600 housing units through Staff Reporter Keetmanshoop Hanse-Himarwa summoned on corruption charges The Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse- Himarwa, who was summoned to appear before the Mariental Magistrate’s Court today, on allegations of corruption stemming from her days as Hardap regional governor, has denied any wrongdoing. In her own admission, in an of- try sent out on Friday, she said that in the spirit of transparency and accountability, by virtue of the the receipt of summons to appear in the Mariental Magistrate’s Court on allegations/charges of ‘corruption, corruptly using of- “It is thus painful that actions taken within the scope of responsibility and duties as a governor have resulted in the case being pursued against me. I state categorically that I neither abused my powers nor was I motivated by a desire for my direct and or levelled against me tormented my person for a long time as it Man fatally stabbed at Naute Dam A man was stabbed to death in the early hours of Sunday at Naute Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse- Himarwa a court of public opinion,” she reacted. The charges against her originate from her duties as governor of the Hardap Region, which portfolio she was appointed to Pohamba, from 2005-2015. She said that the actions she took as governor of Hardap on the spot. It is alleged the suspect stabbed the deceased with a sharp object on the right side of the chest dur- deceased succumbed to the stab wounds immediately. Rahbin Roberto Kuhanga and his next of kin have been informed, while the suspect, aged 20, has been arrested and is expected to appear in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. were always informed by her demonstrated commitment to see development and socio-economic upliftment in the region. She noted it is a great source of pride for her that many of the projects, including the mass housing, have yielded tangible results towards the development and progress of Hardap. Armstrong sues Rundu Town Council for N7 million a PPP agreement signed with the council. The council’s contribution to the project was to avail virgin land, while Armstrong Properties was to service the land and construct houses. “Yes, our lawyers have registered the case in the High Court. The sheriff will deliver the claim – if the council feels they don’t want the claim then they will have to write to the High Court to defend,” Armstrong representative, Ferdinand Olavi, said yesterday. Rundu acting CEO Fransiska Thikerete professed ignorance on being dragged to court. “We have to wait for the summons … then we will take it from there,” she said. Armstrong company was scheduled to develop a new suburb on an 82-hectare plot in an area south of the Rundu-Nkurenkuru road in Rundu. The project would have been local investors in the town. The problem started when council lawyers told Armstrong Properties that they should forget the PPP agreement and rather buy the land at N per square metre or give it back to the town council. But Armstrong Properties, which contended that the council in recent years sold huge tracts of land to a It is suspected both men were At Noordoewer, a 39-year-old man died after he lost control of his vehicle and it overturned, on the road between Noordoewer and Aussenkehr. It is alleged the man who has tongeni was travelling alone from Aussenkehr and he lost control of his Toyota Raider and it overturned, trapping him in the car. New Era understands the wrecked car had to be cut in order I submit myself to the scrutiny that accompanies such a role and therefore welcome the longawaited opportunity to present my case in a court of law. I believe that justice will be served. I look forward to present my evidence, will ultimately be vindicated,” she said. Further, she said, when she assumed her role in 2015 as minister of education, arts and culture, she took a solemn oath to serve the people of Namibia to the best of her ability and to with due diligence and dignity. “I still stand by that oath. I would like to concentrate on my responsibilities as minister, I remain innocent until proven guilty by a competent court of law,” she said. She said she would not provide further comment on the matter as she has complete faith in the independence of the judiciary and the strength of the evidence which supports her case. Hanse-Himarwa will be represented by her legal counsel Sisa Namandje. square metre, turned down the price and decided to give back the land only on condition the town council pays the cost spent on servicing the 600 plots. According to information given to New Era the council wanted the two parties to renegotiate the deal but Armstrong said they could not. “We couldn’t renegotiate as that will invalidate what’s in the contract – we can’t, it’s a signed contract. We however are willing to pay the N per square metre, which we have in the PPP contract, plus 50 percent Any changes to the contract are not welcome,” Olavi noted. to get him out, and he was rushed to the Noordoewer clinic, but he succumbed to his injuries at the clinic. The next of kin have been informed and investigations continue. In another accident, four men were rushed to the Keetmanshoop State Hospital after the car they were travelling in overturned, leaving them with slight to serious injuries. The accident happened seven kilometres outside Aroab, and all four were taken to hospital for medical attention and were said to be in a stable condition. Police identify body of strangled woman John Muyamba Rundu The naked, half-decomposed body of a woman that was found in the bushes at Rundu last Wednesday has been identified as that of Petrina Wayera Haipopo, a 24-year-old mentally disturbed young woman from Nyodo village, some 90km east of Rundu in Ndiyona. After the gruesome discovery it was believed and suspected by the police that the deceased could have been a teenager as she appeared short and small. Police said the victim had scratch marks indicating she was raped before being murdered and dumped in the bushes. Police say that while observing the scene they noticed the grass looked untouched and they immediately suspected the rape and murder happened somewhere else, and the body was just dumped there as there were no struggle marks at the scene where the body was found. The killing now brings the number of murdered women in the area to three since last month alone. On February 22 a woman died from injuries she sustained in a savage beating allegedly at the hands of her boyfriend, who had just been released from police custody a week earlier for assaulting her. The incident took place at Likwaterera, 30km south of Rundu, in Kavango East Region. In Kavango East, during the same month of February on the 12th, a 32-year-old man took the police to what was termed a secondary crime scene where he allegedly buried his girlfriend after he strangled her the previous evening at Divundu. He drove with the body for 200km before burying it in Rundu. The 32-year-old suspect worked at a funeral home as a part-time employee. Last year, two decomposed were discovered in separate incidents at Rundu – the corpses were found not more than two kilometres apart. Ndama, south of the Trans- Caprivi Highway on March 14, and the second was discovered on March 26 next to the Cuma gravel road near the same highway. “Those two corpses are still in the Rundu Intermediate Hospital mortuary and have not yet has been made,” said Kavango East crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Bonifatius Kanyetu.
Monday, March 5 2018 | NEW ERA CRIME & COURTS 7 Dawson denies guilt over colleague’s death Maria Amakali Windhoek Windhoek resident Julian Dawson, 38, who has been in court for allegedly gunning down his work colleague at an end-of-year function has denied guilt for causing the death of his workmate. Making his mandatory appearance in court last week, Dawson the stand in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court for his preliminary plea on a charge of murder. Through his defence counsel Sarel Maritz, Dawson denied killing his work colleague Sheku Bonifatius Tjihepo, 35, saying he was merely defending himself. “The shooting happened in a situation of sudden emergency. In other words, the accused acted in self-defence,” explained Maritz. The prosecution alleges Dawson intentionally and unlawfully gun that evening. It is alleged Dawson shot Tjihepo while they were wrestling for the gun. Tjihepo died after one bullet penetrated his chest and another one in the back during an incident at a bar in Ausspannplatz, Windhoek on December 12, 2016. Tjihepo and Dawson were in the company of work colleagues attending an end-of-year function when an argument initially broke out between him and Dawson. The argument resulted in Dawson shots at random while at the bar in Ausspannplatz. Dawson allegedly got into tomer whereafter he once again attempting to get the gun away from Dawson, Tjihepo got shot after they started wrestling for the gun. The two parties were both it is alleged. Having taken his preliminary plea, Dawson’s docket will be forwarded to the prosecutor-general to decide if there is enough evidence to have Dawson stand trial and on what charges. Magistrate Venatius Alweendo postponed the matter to June 8. Teacher arraigned for serial molestation of learners Loide Jason Windhoek A 29-year-old teacher from Ohangwena appeared in the Ohangwena Magistrate’s Court for allegedly fondling the private parts of more than ten boys who are learners at the school where the suspect teaches. According to information provided by the regional police Abner Kuume Itumba, the incidents happened between 2016 and February 2018 at Omatunda village in the suspect’s bedroom and in the boys’ hostel at Mennonite Brethren Community School. Itumba said the suspect used to call schoolboys to his room at Omatunda village where he used his hands to play with their private parts. “One of the children informed his parents and the parents came to school, and the school called the children. It was discovered more children had suffered the same issue,” said Itumba. He said all the victims that came forward and reported the matter to the police are between 15 and 18 years old. Itumba said parents should teach their children to report cases so that the earlier the case is reported the better the investigations will be done. The suspect is Nghiimodino Toivo Nghidiputate who is employed as a teacher at Mennonite Brethren Community School whose founder is in jail on separate cases of human uttering. Couples still drawn to dangerous hotspots SERVICE NOTICE It is with great sorrow that, we the family would like to inform you about the passing of our son; brother; cousin and uncle. Selma Ikela Windhoek The City Police said despite their education and awareness efforts warning people to stay away from secluded areas, especially couples who go to there to be intimate, people have simply ignored the advice. City Police spokesperson Cillie Auala-Kapolo said N,000 to couples found indulging in incident behaviour at public areas. The City Police have recorded several incidents in which couples were attacked or robbed while in those areas but people keep going to those spots. The places couples often frequent are in the vicinity of and Lover’s Cone close to a high school in town. “So what we do now is drive there, go pick them up, bring them to our CCTV monitoring room to see for themselves what they were doing and possibly said. Auala-Kapolo told New Era that people should know that the areas are monitored by City Police CCTV cameras. “So whatever is going on there, we are watching in our monitoring room,” revealed Auala-Kapolo. She urged people to stay away from such areas since they are high crime-prone and hotels or bed-and-breakfasts to do their business. Auala-Kapolo added that before, when the City Police saw a couple on CCTV in one of the public areas, they took down the vehicle registration number in order to get contact details and then called the owner and told them they were endangering their lives by being there, but this was creating problems because the vehicle might not be with the person whom it is registered under. For example, the vehicle might be registered under the wife’s name but the person who might be driving the vehicle during that time is the husband, she said. Auala-Kapolo said some people are robbed or attacked and refuse to open cases, while some victims are same-sex couples who wish to protect their privacy as well. Visitory Lawanifwa Weyulu *20.05.1989 | +28.02.2018 MEMORIAL SERVICE Date: Monday, 05 March 2018 Time: 14h00 Venue: The residence of Tate Vilho Weyulu Oshakati East Vile Waters Village FUNERAL SERVICE Date: Tuesday, 06 March 2018 Time: 08h00 Venue: Oshakati ELCIN Church CONTACT PERSONS