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Police vehicles damaged during riotous assembly

Police vehicles damaged during riotous assembly

Maria David

SUPPORTERS of the of the independent presidential candidate running in this year’s national elections face charges of amongst others malicious damage to state owned property after two police vehicles were damaged during the mass action in Ondangwa and Oshakati over the past weekend.

 

According to Inspector Thomas Aiyambo of the Namibian Police’s Public Relation Division in the Oshana Region cases of unlawful and or riotous assembly, malicious damage to state owned property and obstructing police officer in execution of their duties were registered against certain supporters of the independent presidential candidate after Saturday’s incident where teargas and rubber bullets were used disperse the crowd that blocked the main road between the two towns.

 

Inspector Aiyambo, said two police vehicles were damaged during the police action by certain individuals using unknown objects. He said the damage to the police vehicles is estimated to be about N$3 300.

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Informanté reported earlier, that an unspecified number of people were injured and several cars were damaged when members of the special field force fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters into the unruly crowd to disperse them over the weekend.

 

At Ondangwa, the Itula supporters caused a traffic jam that lasted for several hours. Big and small convoys of other political parties such as Swapo and the PDM were also on the streets of Oshakati, Ongwediva and Ondangwa Friday and Saturday with no incident reported.

 

At Ondangwa several vehicles carrying Swapo supporters were temporarily encircled and trapped by the Itula supporters who are now being accused of disrupting the traffic flow and of causing chaos on the streets. They are also accused of having blocked the main road at Oshakati.

 

It was reported that an unspecified number of people were injured and several cars were damaged during the police action.

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