|Fourteen Katima taxi drivers in court|
|Written by Community Reporter|
|Wednesday, 11 July 2012 23:10|
Fourteen of seventeen taxi drivers wanted by the Namibian police (NAMPOL) in Katima Mulilo have so far been apprehended on charges of public violence and made their first court appearance before Magistrate Israel Hauwanga and his public prosecutor, Esther Jafet of the lower district court.
The taxi drivers are accused of driving their taxis along the WINELA road on 13 June, 2012 where traffic officers were busy with their daily duties of controlling and preventing unnecessary driving in the town to avoid accidents, but the accused drivers failed to comply with the instructions of traffic officers and rather drove their cars through where the road control traffic officers had their road-block along WINELA road.
Taxis were driving from WINELA the direction of the border post to town only to be charged with the offence of public violence and two other counts of contravening section 18 (1)(b) that read with section 1 and 106. The counts to the first alternatives is failing to comply with an instruction of a peace office, as per Act 22 of 1999 and the second alternative, read with section 18 (1)(b) obstructed, hindered or interfered with a peace officer in the exercise of their duties, under the above act.
The accused are Chaka Dingi Swayo (32), Jost Mashando Bafehihi (48), Antonio France (25), Masule Calon Matongo (28), Dambe Mushabati (46), Shamu Oscar Kapule (33), Kahuza Mueze Andreas (28), Kasikwa Tjisola (38), Lutombi Erick Mubonda (26), Titus Hakuyeluka (30), Lubasi Elvis (42), Mukendwa Kisco Kahale (28),.Lubasi Lascan Sifanu (34) and Simushi Simwanza (age unknown) who made his first court appearance before magistrate Israel Hauwanga on 6 July 2012, after being apprehended on 5 July. Three are still at large and eleven of the suspects are out on bail of N$10 000 each; the others are still behind bars.
On the day after incident the road traffic officers with the special reserve force unit of NAMPOL collected more than forty taxi drivers who were found driving within the town center and to were taken to Katima Mulilo police station to identify who among them failed to comply with the instructions of the controlling road peace officers and N$111600 was made through fining drivers who were found without driving license and those operating unregistered taxis.
On 14 June 2012 the first four accused were arrested and appeared on 15 June 2012; all are Namibian citizens. On 18 June a further six suspects were nabbed by NAMPOL around Katima Mulilo town and appeared before court on 19 June, among them one was identified as an Angolan national, while the other five are Namibian. On 21June two suspects who were arrested on 20 June made their appearance before court in Katima Mulilo. The case has been postponed to 23 July as police investigations are ongoing.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 23:11|