THE Namibian police, have issued a statement saying that the NEFF activist, Michael Amushelelo, MP Inna Hengari and Dimbulukeni Nauyoma were arrested because they defied a court order which prohibited them from protesting.
The NEFF lodged an urgent court application following the IGP’s directive to reschedule their planned demonstration on unemployment which was slated to take place on independence day.
According to Deputy Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi the case was heard in Court yesterday afternoon, 20 March 2023 and it was postponed to this morning 21 March 2023 at 04:00 am, for a ruling.
“The High Court has ruled in favour of the state, declaring that such a demonstration on 21 March 2023 will be illegal and in contempt of court. It so happened that despite the court ruling, a demonstration was held in Windhoek where the police dispersed the crowd. As such, Dimbulukweni Nuyoma and Michael Amushelelo were arrested,” Commissioner Shikwambi said.
She added that the two were arrested for Contravening the Public Gathering Act 23 of 1989, Malicious damage to properties, Inciting Public Violence and Violation of Court of Order/Contempt of Court. They were arrested this morning at 9:00 am in Katutura.
The police further confirmed that member of parliament, Inna Hengari was also arrested on the same charges.