05 Aug 2013 13:40
KANDJENGEDHI, 05 AUG (NAMPA) The owner of Kuku Gwakondo Garden at Kandjengedhi near Ongwediva, Emilia Angala, remains at loggerheads with China Henan International Cooperation (CHICO) Group Namibia (PTY) Limited, a Chinese company busy upgrading the road between Ongwediva and Oshakati.
Angala burst into tears after finding out that workers of CHICO cut down several trees of her garden without her consent on Monday.
She stopped workers of CHICO from removing more trees from her garden, which she named after the mother of founding president Sam Nujoma.
Traffic between Ongwediva and Oshakati moved at a slow pace for several hours as a result of the verbal confrontation between Angala and workers of CHICO.
Members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) were called in to rescue the situation, but they also found themselves in a verbal brawl with Angala.
Some NamPol members attempted to forcefully remove Angala from the scene, but she resisted.
The Chinese came here in Namibia just to oppress us in our country, and police officers are shamelessly siding with the Chinese, Angala fumed, adding that a young policeman twisted her arms behind her back as he attempted to handcuff her.
Angala pointed out that she signed an agreement with the RA on Friday, and agreed that no tree should be removed from her garden before the RA has deposited compensation money into her account.
She, however, declined to disclose the amount of compensation.
We have also agreed that the trees have to be removed in an orderly manner for me to able to get poles, and not to be destroyed roughly like this, Angala charged.
Angala has also halted members of the community from chopping the trees to harvest wood.
The site manager of CHICO ran away from the scene and, as such, he was not immediately available for comment.