ONGWEDIVA: Five learners of the Mweshipandeka High School here were arrested by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) today for violence, assault on another learner and vandalism of school properties the previous night.
NamPol Commander in the Oshana Region, Commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa confirmed this to the media during a visit to the school to talk to all learners today.
Three of the five arrested boys are Grade 10 learners, and they are charged with common assault for allegedly assaulting another learner upon accusations of theft, while the remaining two are Grade 12 learners, charged with malicious damage to government properties.
The two Grade 12 learners and others yet to be identified, are accused of smashing several windows and cutting window burglar bars to sneak out of the hostel, breaking school chairs and urinating all over the shower room floor at their hostel.
All the accused will appear in the local magistrate’s court during the course of this week.
A local businessman treated about 11 Traditional Authority chiefs for lunch at his residence in Rundu’s Queens Park suburb yesterday.
The traditional chiefs attended the Council of Traditional Leaders’ annual general meeting in Katima Mulilo in the Caprivi Region last week, and rested in Rundu yesterday on their long journey from Katima Mulilo.
The lunch was hosted by Rundu businessman Kennedy Shekupakela, who is the Kavango Regional Secretary for the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), and his wife, Rauna, who is the first-born child of Ukwanyama senior headman George Nelulu.
Approached for comment today, Shekupakela confirmed having hosted 11 traditional chiefs for lunch, adding that the total number of people he hosted at his residence were 59, and included the chiefs’ drivers and senior councillors.
A reliable source told Nampa after the lunch that Shekupakela apparently informed the chiefs about the pending delivery of the Supreme Court’s judgement on the 2009 election challenge by the country’s opposition parties.
He reportedly told the leaders to inform their subjects to accept any outcome of the court verdict, which is due on Thursday this week.