Disruptive struggle kids appear in court at Oshakati

24 Nov 2015 22:00pm
OSHAKATI, 24 NOV (NAMPA) - The group of 14 'struggle kids' who were arrested on charges of instigating public violence at Oshakati on Sunday, made their first appearance in the Oshakati Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Oshana Region, Frieda Shikole confirmed the court appearance to Nampa on the same day.
None of the struggle kids were granted bail and, as such, all of them remain in police custody at Oshakati until their next court appearance on 23 December 2015 to allow for further police investigations.
Court sources revealed that the struggle kids are further charged with assault; obstructing police officers in the execution of their duties; and one of them, Johannes Malumbu, is facing a charge of discharging a firearm in a municipal area. He reportedly fired a shot into the air on Sunday during the confrontation between the struggle kids and members of NamPol along the Oshakati-Ongwediva main road.
Reports have it that the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court A was on Tuesday morning packed with other struggle kids who came to attend the group's appearance.
They are some of about 300 struggle kids camping at the Swapo-Party regional office near Oshakati's Okandjengedi informal settlement since last month, demanding government jobs.
During the fracas on Sunday, members of NamPol had to fire teargas to disperse the struggle kids who allegedly planned to disrupt a Swapo rally at Ongwediva.
The regional leadership of Swapo had asked the police to prevent the struggle kids from attending the party’s rally out of fear of disruption.
“Why did they want to come to our meeting if they received no invitation from us to attend the meeting?” questioned the coordinator of Swapo in the Oshana Region, Erastus Kapolo, when asked to confirm reports that his leadership had asked the police to block the struggle kids.