OSHAKATI: An 18-year-old man from the Omatando Village near Ongwediva on Tuesday made his second appearance in the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court on charges of malicious damage to property and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
Frans Amakali is accused of throwing bricks at a car carrying some 12 members of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) near the Onambiba cuca shops in Omatando last Saturday evening.
He was allegedly part of a group of Swapo-Party supporters who confronted the visiting RDP members at the Onambiba cuca shops.
Some of the bricks that Amakali threw caused damages to the car, while a member of the RDP’s regional executive committee in the Oshana Region, Henry Namhunya, sustained severe head injuries.
Namhunya was rushed to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital because of the seriousness of his head injuries.
“We first went to the Omusheshe village to visit some of our comrades there during the day, and we decided to make a stopover at a bar of one of our members at Onambiba on our way back to Ongwediva on Saturday evening,” Namhunya told Nampa in an interview on Sunday.
He explained that while at the bar, a group of people, claiming to be Swapo-Party supporters, flocked to the same bar after noticing the presence of the RDP members.
“We had an RDP flag on our car and three of us wore RDP T-shirts,” stated Namhunya.
He indicated that some Swapo-Party members turned into a violent mob, and started randomly throwing bricks while the visiting RDP members were leaving the bar.
“My comrades identified the boy (Amakali) as the suspect, because he ran away from the scene after I was hit with the brick,” Namhunya noted, adding that the same suspect later boasted that he threw a brick towards the RDP members to teach them a lesson.
The suspect was arrested on Sunday, and appeared in the magistrate’s court at Oshakati on Monday and Tuesday this week.
His case was on Tuesday postponed to 05 November 2012 for further Police investigations and plea.
He was granted bail of N.dollars 600.
RDP secretary for the Omusati Region, Immanuel Shikongo, who was also part of the group, told Nampa that RDP members continue to meet similar confrontations in that region, especially at the Anamulenge and Tsandi constituencies.
“The RDP is a party formed according to the constitution of this country like all other political parties. Therefore, the RDP condemns this barbaric and unethical attitude,” said Valde Namhunya, the secretary of RDP in the Oshana Region on Sunday.
He emphasised that RDP members are also Namibians protected by the Constitution of the country, and they are not illegal immigrants in Namibia.