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Amushelelo and D. Nauyoma remain behind bars

Amushelelo and D. Nauyoma remain behind bars

Zorena Jantze

THE court case of local activist, Michael Amushelelo, Dimbulukeni Nauyoma and six other accused persons has been postponed to 28 July 2022 for outstanding investigations to be completed.

In the meantime, the two incarcerated activists have lodged a bail application with new facts, which is slated to take place on 7 July 2022 at the Katutura Magistrate’s court. This is after they were denied bail by magistrate Masule Kwizi in May this year.

The six other accused persons include, Lawrence Mwatile, Jan-Epafras Mukwilongo who is the president of the Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF), Emily Mununga, Annacky Amupanda, Risto Ithikwa, and Julieta Amushelelo, the spouse of Amushelelo.

PICTURED: Some scenes from court. Photo: Samuel Shinedima

Public Prosecutor, Emma Mayavero requested that the case be postponed for the last time as investigations are still outstanding, and that some statements still need to be obtained from some Chinese Nationals.

She said that there seems to be difficulty with regard to obtaining statements, however noted that this will be resolved before or by the time of the next court date.

Mayavero further stated that accused three and five, Lawrence Mwatile and Emily Mununga failed to show up for their court appearance today, and added that a warrant of arrest be issued.

Kadhila Amoomo, one of the defense lawyers in the matter, stated that accused three is an elderly man and as such confused his date of appearance. The warrant of arrests of the two accused persons were however held over to 28 July by Magistrate Niinja Hochobes.

Amushelelo handed himself over to the Windhoek Police station in the early morning hours of 13th May and has been detained under the Riotous Assemblies Act and for contravention of section 17 thereof.

The charges include incitement of public violence, four counts of assault through threatening, and six counts of trespassing when he on 12 May at about or between 15:00 and 16:32 entered China Town and forced shops to be closed, instructing a group of people to take items from shops without paying.

The rest of the other accused persons were arrested on 13 May, when they after the arrest of the activist went to protest at China town, whereby the police opened tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd which they claimed were inciting public violence.

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