Government spies detain northern Namvet leader

03 Mar 2015 16:50pm
ONGWEDIVA, 03 MAR (NAMPA) – Government security agents have allegedly abducted a northern leader of the Namibia War Veterans’ Trust (Namvet), Lazarus “Uncle Mbwila” Petrus, from his residence at Ondangwa on Tuesday morning.
Namvet chairperson Frans Jabulani Ndeunyema told Nampa in a telephonic interview from Windhoek on Tuesday that Petrus was taken away by two security policemen or intelligence officials from his house on Tuesday and was taken to the Ondangwa Airport where he was kept under interrogation until the afternoon.
“He (Petrus) was picked up from his house by two men, and six security officials interrogated him at the airport,” he claimed, adding that Petrus was released with the warning that he is not to tell anybody about his abduction.
Petrus is the owner of the residence called “Uncle Mbwila Site” at the Okankete village near Ondangwa, where members of Namvet, an organisation for ex-combatants in the forces of the then colonial regime, held several meetings last year and last month.
The DTA of Namibia party also held an elective conference for its members from the regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto and Opuwo in the Kunene Region at the Uncle Mbwila Site towards the end of last year.
Ndeunyema described Petrus’s incarceration as illegal detention aimed at intimidating leaders of Namvet in order to silence and frighten them because of their demand for the government to recognize them as war veterans.
“It is ridiculous for security officials from Windhoek to target a small fish (Petrus) in the North, leaving me, who is the head of Namvet, in the capital here,” Ndeunyema argued.
Approached for comment, acting Namibian Police Force (NamPol) regional commander for the Oshana Region, Deputy Commissioner Rauha Amwele denied any knowledge of the abduction.
“No Police officers from Windhoek have reported themselves at my office to inform us that they are in the region conducting investigations on a certain case as they normally do,” said Amwele.