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AR Activist to plead next year

AR Activist to plead next year

Eba Kandovazu

THE trial of land activist Dimbulukweni Nauyoma will resume in April next year, whereupon he is expected to enter a formal plea to the charges against him.
Nauyoma was arrested earlier this year when he allegedly stopped police officers from demolishing a shack in Okuryangava, belonging to Wilhemina Shipingana.
Nauyoma was subsequently charged for obstructing police officers, instigating public violence and unlawful grabbing of municipal land and erecting an illegal structure.
Investigations in the matter are said to have been finalized and the trial will begin at the Katutura Magistrate’s court.
At the time of his arrest Shipingana approached the Affirmative Repositioning with claims that the landlord was sexually harassing her by insisting on sexual favours in lieu of the rent she owed. When the woman did not want to submit to the sexual harassment, the landlord allegedly called the City Police to demolish the shack she was renting from him.
At some stage Nauyoma allegedly interfered with the police officers while they were in the process of demolishing the shack and he was summarily arrested.
After his arrest and subsequent incarceration at the Wanaheda Police Station scores of people gathered outside the building in solidarity with Nauyoma and to demand that he be freed because no charges were laid against him. He is currently free on N$500 bail.

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