|Headman blocks verdict against son-in-law|
|Written by William J. Mbangula|
|Wednesday, 20 June 2012 22:46|
Warrant Officer Andreas Halwoodi of Okongo police station is accusing the Headman of Oshitishiwa village, Phillipus Haihonya, of corruption, abuse of power, favouritism and obstructing the course of justice after he over-ruled a decision of the traditional court which went against his son in-law, Andreas Amweelo.
Halwoodi is embroiled in a dispute with Amweelo over the ownership of a heifer. A hearing on the matter made up of 15 headmen was conducted on 4 September 2010, under the chairmanship of Simon Nambidja. The hearing was held on Haihonya’s invitation at his homestead, but he later turned against its verdict.
Halwoodi is aggrieved by the fact that despite overwhelming evidence that the disputed cow belongs to him, the headman is refusing to release his heifer, because he is not happy with the court decision against his son in-law. In what appears to be a conflict of interest headman Haihonya and his daughter, Abia, who has two children with Amweelo, are deeply involved in the dispute. They are coordinating the arrangements for traditional hearings, but have apparently also overruled any decision by the court which is not in favour of Amweelo.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 22:47|