28 Feb 2014 10:20am
OTJIWARONGO, 28 FEB (NAMPA) Cattle rustlers are using the names of prominent Swapo-Party members to steal livestock from farmers.
This was the view of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)s Otjozondjupa public relations officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha, who told Nampa on Friday that two commercial farmers near Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region and Kamanjab in the Kunene Region, respectively, lost more than 20 heads of cattle each through that scam.
The total value of the livestock stolen is N.dollars 406 000.
Mbeha said the bogus cattle buyers told a certain farmer in the Kamanjab area that they were sent by Swapo Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba to buy 25 cattle from him, apparently meant for the partys political rally.
The farmer was told that Mbumba would make the payment himself, but that the farmer should allow them to load the cattle onto a truck without reservations.
The farmer then allowed the suspects to drive away with 25 cattle without any payment having been made.
A Grootfontein-based livestock farmer was also robbed of 24 cattle after the alleged cattle thieves told him that the Minister of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture, Jerry Ekandjo had sent them, she said.
Mbeha added that this latter farmer was told that Ekandjo would have come to the farm himself for the business deal, but that he was so busy at the time and sent them to buy 24 heads of cattle.
The farmer allowed them to load the cattle onto a truck, and they effortlessly drove off.
So far, we have recovered 12 of the 24 cattle for the Grootfontein-based farmer, and all the 25 cattle of the Kamanjab farmer at an auction pen in the Okahandja area this week, the police officer said.
The implicated politicians have denied having sent any cattle buyers or agents to purchase livestock meant for a political rally on their behalf.
Mbeha thus called on the general public and livestock farmers to report any suspect livestock deals to their nearest police.