Video: The Mayor of Arandis, Risto Kapenda reading a petition in front of the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court. Footage: Niel Terblanche
ARANDIS Mayor, Risto Kapenda, paid tribute to the role Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) director Eckhart Mueller and his deputy Heimo Hellwig played in the empowerment of the Namibian youth.
“The victims were not ordinary people. They were amongst the few who had appositive agenda of growing our nation and making a reality of our national goals. They were silenced by an agenda set by failures. By colliding forces whose only aim is to deter the progress of our nation by plotting an assassination.”
Kapenda made these remarks before handing a petition to special prosecutor Antonia Verhoef in which bail for double murder accused Ernst Josef Lichtenstrasser is opposed. The petition contains nearly 3 000 signatures who stands accused of murdering Mueller and Hellwig in cold blood in front of the administration building of NIMT in April.
Lichtenstrasser brought a formal bail application to the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court earlier on Thursday after making his first appearance on the charges of murder in the middle of May this year.
While reading the petition Mayor Kapenda declared that Lichtenstrasser persona non grata in Arandis and said he will oppose any effort from the accused person to be incarcerated at the police station in town.