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Military surrounds home of Omaheke police boss

Military surrounds home of Omaheke police boss

Marthina Mutanga

 

HEAVILY armed members of the Namibia Defence Force (NDF) early this morning descended on a plot occupied by the Omaheke regional police commander, Commissioner Andreas Haingura, in an alleged attempt to evict him from the land.

 

According to those familiar with the sensitive matter, an army of military personnel arrived at the plot that is situated about three kilometres outside Gobabis at around 04h00 and cut off Haingura’s water and electricity without warning or an explanation.

 

They also blocked the entry to the property with military vehicles and set up tents on the property to keep a close eye on the police boss and his family after he failed to comply with an eviction notice.

 

BLOCKED: The military this morning surrounded the home of the Chief of Police in Omaheke Region following an eviction notice. Footage: Contributed

 

The eviction notice was handed to Haingura in December last year by Omaheke Governor Pio Nganate after it emerged that the Ministry of Works and Transport gave the NDF authority to make use of the land.

 

The eviction notice gave Haingura until 20 January 2021 to vacate the plot in the Omahake Region that is situated next to the military base camp.

 

Before Haingura moved on the property under dispute, it was occupied by former Omahake police boss, Commissioner Josephat Abel.

 

When called for comment, Haingura indicated that the matter is too sensitive to comment on at this stage, but said that he is still shocked by the incident.

 

Informants said that the military only left the property five hours later without an explanation to the police chief of the region.

 

Inspector General of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said that the incident early this morning was the result of a misunderstanding and that the matter was resolved when the members of the defence force left at around 09h00.

 

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