RDP member opens case against Swapo supporters

01 Nov 2014 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 01 NOV (NAMPA) - A member of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) opened case of malicious damage to property against two SWAPO Party supporters on Friday, after they allegedly tore an RDP poster which he was fastening to a municipal street lamp in Okuryangava.
The alleged damage to the poster apparently occurred on Tuesday at around 19h00 in the Okuryangava residential area of Windhoek’s Tobias Hainyeko Constituency.
Constable Bernita Nangolo of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) confirmed to Nampa on Friday that a case of malicious damage to property and theft has indeed been opened against two females who are said to be supporters or sympathisers of the ruling party.
The names of the two women are not yet known, but the RDP member said he at least knows where one of them lives.
It was reported to the police that the RDP member Sackaria Namuhuya was attempting to attach an election campaign poster of RDP President Hidipo Hamutenya onto a municipal lamp post situated on a private residential erf close to the De Javu shebeen.
He was confronted by an angry group of people who started singing Swapo songs and demanded that he removes the poster from the lamp post.
A scuffle apparently ensued when Namuhuya refused to bow in to their demands, ending with the two women tearing the RDP poster.
The RDP member however did not lay any assault charges against the alleged attackers.
A owner of the erf, businesswoman Esther Johannes told Nampa that Namuhuya did not get her permission to put his party’s poster on her premises.
“I don’t make my living from political parties. Why should a political party campaign from someone's private house?” she asked.
The owner also pointed out that it is wrong for political parties to put up their campaign posters at businesses like shebeens because these posters have a negative effect on their businesses because their customers do not all support the same political party.
Namuhuya said the RDP had paid a fee to the City of Windhoek for permission to display their campaign posters on lamp posts during the time of the election campaign.
“This is just a Swapo agenda of intimidation to make sure that opposition parties are not allowed to use such a platform for their campaigns. I don't understand why people are doing this to our party. No political party is allowed to interfere with the campaign of another party,” he said.
Namuhuya said the RDP will still continue to run their campaigns in a peaceful manner without destroying the posters and property of other parties.
The City of Windhoek could not be reached for comment on the issue of having political parties pay for the use of lamp posts during the campaign period leading up to the November 28 general elections.