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Mass arrest follows mob justice

Mass arrest follows mob justice

Placido Hilukilwa
THE Namibian Police in the Omusati Region showed zero tolerance for mob justice when they arrested 22 men and two women accused of assault with the intention of inflicting bodily harm and arson following an incident in which two men and a woman were attacked and brutally beaten by a mob of angry Ondukuta village residents.
The 24 people that were taken into custody for their participation in meting out mobjustice is the most people ever arrested for a single offence in the Omusati Region.
The mob justice was meted out following the death in hospital of 26-year-old Moses Shiningayamwe Embula on 4 July. The vicious attacks followed after the mob accused the victims of being in possession of deadly poison and of being responsible for the recent death of several other residents.
Totally ignoring the death certificate that indicated that his death had a natural cause, relatives and other villagers suspected that he was poisoned and the accusing fingers pointed at a specific female and her alleged male accomplices.
The three were attacked and brutally beaten by a mob. A shebeen was dismantled and items found inside were gathered in a pile and set on fire.
According to police spokeswoman Anna Kunga the suspects will most appear in the Outapi magistrate’s court as soon as the charge sheets are ready and within the timeframe prescribed by law.

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