RUNDU: Eighteen people were arrested by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Kavango Region yesterday after they were allegedly found in possession of suspected stolen supporting beams used for NamPower’s metal electricity poles.
The whole Kavango Region and some parts of the Caprivi Region were plunged into darkness last Thursday when 11 metal electricity poles belonging to NamPower were allegedly vandalised some 15 kilometres outside Rundu.
NamPol’s Kavango Regional Commanding Officer, Commissioner Olavi Auanga told reporters at the town today that more suspects are likely to be arrested during the course of this week.
The 18 suspects are expected to make their first appearance in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court here tomorrow.
Auanga yesterday said a case of sabotage was opened after the power line structures were vandalised, resulting in the power outage.
The 11 metal electricity poles, which under normal circumstances would have been able to withstand the heavy weather conditions, broke during the strong rain and winds as the steel supporting beams supporting the power line structures had been removed by vandals.