RDP accuses Swapo of political violence at Outapi

11 May 2014 12:30pm
ONGWEDIVA, 11 MAY (NAMPA) – A mob of about 50 residents of the Onhimbu informal settlement at Outapi in the Omusati Region allegedly attacked 15 members of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) on Saturday.
The RDP’s deputy secretary for information and publicity, Nghiningilwandubo Kashume, and the party’s regional secretary, Immanuel Shikongo, confirmed this to Nampa in telephonic interviews on Saturday.
The duo described members of the mob as Swapo-Party members, supporters or sympathisers as they allegedly displayed a portrait of founding President Sam Nujoma.
Kashume referred to the RDP members as the party’s foot soldiers. “They were under a public tree at that location strategising their mobilisation when the Swapo members attacked them and caused damage to a nearby house of an RDP member,” he alleged.
The mob is said to have attacked the RDP members by throwing stones and bricks at them. Four of the 15 RDP members, Kashume noted, were injured and they received medical treatment at the hospital at Outapi.
Shikongo was one of the injured RDP members. “Our position is that we believe in a unitary state and no place in Namibia should be declared a no-go zone where some Namibians are prevented to go,” Kashume said.
This alleged political confrontation between the Swapo-Party and RDP members occurred at a time when President Hifikepunye Pohamba called for Namibians to refrain from fighting amongst each other because of political differences during this year’s election campaigns.
Pohamba made this call while speaking at the funeral service of the late councillor Maria Tuleingepo Kombwana of the Ohangwena Region’s Ohangwena Constituency at the Engela Lutheran Church, also on Saturday.
“RDP is not for violence, neither do we want to be caused violence,” Kashume noted. He then called on the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) to take serious action against those who caused political violence at Onhimbu.
According to Shikongo, the injured RDP members have already laid charges against those who attacked them at the police station at Outapi, and they are prepared to help in identifying the perpetrators.
Shikongo pointed out that their meeting at Onhimbu was held in order to strategise their mobilisation for an RDP rally to be held at Outapi next Saturday.