OTJIWARONGO, 27 OCT (NAMPA) -
A 35-year-old man was arrested on Sunday afternoon for allegedly smashing a window of the Grootfontein Constituency office with a rock.
Grootfontein Constituency Chief Control Officer, Gabriel Geigub told Nampa in an interview on Monday the suspect is a well-known man at the town.
"It is alleged that as the security guards who guard our office building were changing shifts on Sunday, the suspect entered the premises through a small gate. He then picked up a huge rock and smashed our constituency's receptionist office window at close range," said Geigub.
The guards alerted the police who were patrolling in the same vicinity and he was arrested. It is alleged that the man was under the influence of alcohol.
He was detained for approximately four hours at the Grootfontein police holding cells. Geigub said immediately after the man was declared sober, he laid a charge of malicious damage to property against the suspect.
On her part, the spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha confirmed that a case of malicious damage to property against the suspect was opened at Umulunga Police Station under CR no. 25/10/2015.
Police investigations into the matter continue and speculation is rife that the suspect is one of the aggravated Swapo Party members who staged a peaceful demonstration last Monday.
Close to 200 Swapo Party members at Grootfontein staged a peaceful demonstration against the party candidates nominated to contest the upcoming Regional Council and Local Authority Elections.
They marched from the Umulunga residential area to Grootfontein's Swapo Party district office in town chanting songs and waving placards.
Dressed in the party colours (blue, red and green) the disgruntled Swapo members handed a petition over to the Grootfontein Swapo Party District Coordinator, Abisai Haimene, in which they stated that the current Grootfontein Regional Constituency Councillor, Nelao Amagulu, who is nominated to contest her position, must 'pack up and go home' as she has not been productive.
The group also handed the same petition over to Amagulu that same day. The group had also expressed their dissatisfaction with the town's current mayor, Emma Taukuheke and Haimene.