UDF councillor allegedly beats up Swapo supporter at Karibib

09 Nov 2014 09:20am
KARIBIB, 09 NOV (NAMPA) – Karibib town councillor, Pieter Kausiona allegedly attacked and assaulted a Swapo Party supporter with a stone at the town on Tuesday.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Crime Investigations Co-ordinator in the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa confirmed to Nampa on Sunday that a case of common assault was opened at the Karibib Police Station against the councillor, who represents the United Democratic Front (UDF) on the council.
Kashuupulwa said no arrest has taken place yet, but police are investigating the case.
The councillor allegedly insulted and physically attacked railway worker Philemon Niilenge, 53, apparently for shouting ‘viva Swapo’ slogans as the UDF councillor drove past him with UDF flags on his vehicle.
Niilenge said the councillor immediately stopped at the railway track where he (Niilenge) was working with his colleagues, and demanded to know who shouted ‘Swapo’ at him as he was driving past.
When Niilenge told him he was the one, the councillor allegedly started insulting and beating him up.
“He beat me with a stone and also insulted my mother. I went to the hospital for treatment and then laid a charge against him at the police,” Niilenge said.
The Swapo member said he also reported the attack to Swapo Party Co-ordinator for the Erongo Region Philipus Heita telephonically on Thursday.
Heita, in an interview with Nampa, urged all Swapo Party supporters and members to avoid conflicts with supporters of opposition parties, as it does not reflect well on democracy and the image of the ruling party.
“I advise our members to stay away from such fights and report any intimidation to the police,” he said.
Heita said he was also disturbed to hear that some Swapo supporters in Karibib are apparently searching for the UDF councillor so that they can beat him up for assaulting their comrade.
“I want to totally discourage this action. No Swapo Party supporter must go about beating people, even if they are from the opposition. We must always allow the law to take its course,” he said.
The Administrative Secretary of the UDF in the Erongo Region, Magdalena Am-!Gabes on Thursday defended the actions of her party member, after Nampa called her to confirm the incident.
“He (Niilenge) started this whole thing first by shouting ‘viva Swapo;. That means he provoked the councillor. It is our democratic right to have a party flag on our cars. If we drive past you, and you say ‘viva Swapo’ you are provoking me and I will act,” a furious Ama-!Gabes responded.
Councillor Kausiona could not be reached for his side of the story despite Nampa's repeated attempts to contact him.