RUNDU: Four people appeared in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court today after they were found in possession of supporting beams used for NamPower’s metal electricity structures.
The Kavango Region and some parts of the Caprivi Region were plunged into darkness last Thursday when 11 metal electricity structures belonging to NamPower were damaged by heavy rain and wind after allegedly being weakened due to vandalism.
Initially, 18 people were arrested by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Kavango Region on Monday, but 14 were released yesterday as some of the items found in their possession such as cables do not belong to NamPower.
The accused persons – Johannes Mahongo, 34, Emmanuel Kambinda, 27, Simon Ndara, 54, and a 16-year-old boy – briefly appeared before Rundu Magistrate Nelao Brown, who informed them of their right to engage legal representatives of their choice.
They were all charged with contravening the Electricity Act No.4 of 2007, which deals with the cutting or damaging or interfering with any apparatus used for generating or transmitting or supplying electricity.
If convicted, the accused persons are liable to a fine not exceeding N.dollars 16 000, or imprisonment for a period of up to two years, or both.