Name Frieda’s killer – lawyer
A lawyer representing the family of slain struggle kid Frieda Ndatipo has called on government to identify the person who shot her dead, so that her family can consider civil action if it is indeed a police officer.
Attorney Titus Ipumbu expressed concern that the delay in releasing the report into Ndatipo’s death, may negatively affect the chances of the family instituting a hefty civil claim.
Ipumbu has appealed to Attorney-General (AG) Albert Kawana to get permission from Prime Minister Hage Geingob to release the section of report which confirms who is liable for Ndatipo’s death.
He wants this to happen before March 31, so that his clients will have enough time to consider and institute legal action.
Ipumbu claimed that the period to institute a civil claim for Ndatipo’s death would lapse one year after her death, August 27 this year.
She was shot dead, allegedly by a plain clothes officer, in front of the Swapo headquarters in Katutura, while she and other struggle kids ran away from the police.
The report Ipumbu is referring to emanates from an investigation conducted by the Office of the Ombudsman, which was handed to Kawana on December 19. Geingob had asked for the probe. A separate report is set to be handed to the Office of the Prosecutor-General (PG) soon.
“Our clients are not convinced by the assumption that the disclosure of relevant information may tarnish the image of the police, if the State gives the assurance that remedial action will be taken,” said Ipumbu in a letter addressed to Kawana.
Kawana was recently quoted in a local daily newspaper as saying that the report cannot be released in its current form to the general public now.
He said it will take some time before the report can be released, because the procedure includes an engagement between the AG and the Ministry of Safety and Security, the other offices of the PG and Ombudsman.
Ipumbu also called on the relevant stakeholders to discuss the Ndatipo report before the new government is sworn in on March 21, as the current incumbents may change.
Selma Ikela Namibian Sun