MUKWE: Hambukushu Traditional Authority chief Erwin Munika Mbambo is mobilising his subjects to fork out over N.dollars 60 000 that he was ordered to repay the Ngepi Camp owner.
Chief Mbambo was instructed by the Windhoek High Court on 24 October this year to repay Mark Adcock the money by 30 October this year, together with interest at a rate of 20 per cent per year, calculated from 02 March 2010 to the date of payment.
Citing the Traditional Authorities’ Act, High Court Judge Harald Geier said traditional authorities can exercise powers only over people who are members of a traditional community.
Adcock is of Scottish origin.
He had paid the N.dollars 60 000 in fines to the traditional authority, following his trial held in February 2010.
Adcock was accused, convicted and fined for strip-searching a female employee of the lodge after a guest reported her money stolen from her room.
The total fine included a fine of N.dollars 10 000 because Adcock made an audio recording of the trial proceedings, and a fine of N.dollars 5 000 because Adcock had written notes during the trial proceedings.
Ngepi Camp is situated some 220km northeast of Rundu, and falls under the jurisdiction of the Hambukushu Traditional Authority.
Judge Geier ordered that Mbambo and the traditional authority should also return a digital voice recorder which was confiscated from Adcock during the trial, and must pay Adcock’s legal costs on a punitive scale.
The Hambukushu leader apparently arranged two meetings with his subjects prior to the court ruling to lure them into contributing money to repay Adcock.
However, Nampa has reliably learned that community members first demanded to know how much money is left in the Traditional Authority’s account before they would contribute.
The Hambukushu leader apparently refused to disclose such information, saying it is confidential, which subsequently resulted in the meetings being abandoned.
Some Hambukushu residents suspect that Mbambo might have squandered the N.dollars 60 000.
Mbambo refused to talk to this reporter when approached for comment on Wednesday.
Adcock had from the beginning denied that he carried out such a search.
He claimed that he was put through the humiliation of an abusive and unfair trial, and that it was part of wider efforts from the Hambukushu Traditional Authority and the chief to evict him from the site where Ngepi Camp was built more than 20 years.
Meanwhile, this reporter has reliably learned that Mbambo had requested an extension of the due date to mid-November this year, and it was granted.