Struggle kids' trial to resume in Katutura on Tuesday

02 Sep 2013 05:10
WINDHOEK, 02 SEP (NAMPA) - The trial of the 'Children of the Liberation Struggle' arrested for illegally camping near the Swapo-Party headquarters in the capital in April this year, will resume in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
When this case came before court last month, it was postponed to 03 September for the continuation of trial after Public Prosecutor Veiko Alexander and Windhoek-based defence lawyer Titus Ipumbu reached an agreement to that effect.
Ipumbu is now the legal representative of the arrested 'Children of the Liberation Struggle'.
The youth, who are now numbering 178, are on trial before Windhoek Magistrate Ivan Gawanab.
Last month, several Namibian Police officers, including the head of the Katutura Police Station - Chief Inspector Ismael Basson - testified in the matter on behalf of the State.
The Children of the Liberation Struggle (struggle kids) are jointly charged with two counts of loitering and a count of contempt of court.
The two charges of loitering emanated from their alleged illegal camping in an open area near the Swapo-Party headquarters at the corner of Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Leonard Auala Streets in Katutura from 01 March 2013 to 22 April this year.
The charge of contempt of court stems from their alleged non-compliance with an earlier interdict issued by the Windhoek High Court, and another order issued by the Katutura Magistrate's Court that requested them to vacate the corner of the two streets, and for them not to occupy any open area or place within the boundaries of the Windhoek City.
The youth pleaded not guilty to all three charges against them.
A short while later, charges were withdrawn on humanitarian grounds against 20 of the arrested young women with babies, and those who were pregnant.
In April this year, the group turned down a Government offer to provide them with free transport to their respective home areas.
Government had at the time availed three busses, but the 'children of the liberation struggle' refused the offer, strongly reiterating their usual demands that they will only leave Windhoek once Government provides them with employment.
All the 178 'Children of the Liberation Struggle' are now free on bail of N.dollars 50 each.
Ipumbu is acting on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.