09 Mar 2016 17:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 09 MAR (NAMPA) - The Otjozondjupa Regional Council Chairperson has expressed shock over accusations against a hotel caretaker who appeared in court last Thursday for allegedly molesting schoolboys at Karundu Primary School (PS).
Speaking at the commemoration of International Womens Day in Otjiwarongo on Tuesday, Julius Neumbo said it was shocking for him to learn about a case of alleged molestation at a school of which he had been a principal for close to 30 years until his retirement in 2014.
Over 500 residents of Otjiwarongo gathered at the Swanevelder Community Hall to commemorate the event in honour of women and celebrate Namibias achievements in gender parity.
Neumbo said the arrest and court appearance of the 48-year-old hostel caretaker, Mervin Ngujapeua, on a charge of molesting schoolboys, was the shock of his life.
He said a hostel caretaker is supposed to take care of and guide schoolchildren instead of turning against them and psychologically harming them, possibly for life.
Why should an adult person like him do such a thing to schoolchildren? he said.
Ngujapeua appeared before Otjiwarongo Magistrate Helvi Shilemba, when he opted to engage a private lawyer after his right to legal representation was explained in court.
He was remanded in custody and his case postponed to 05 April 2015 for further police investigation.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa last Wednesday Ngujapeua faces a charge of allegedly molesting 10 hostel boys at Karundu PS.
He was arrested last Tuesday after one of the victims of the alleged sexual abuse reported the matter to some teachers.
A source at the school, who spoke to Nampa on condition of anonymity last Wednesday, said Ngujapeua resided at the school premises since 2012, and had a tendency of calling boys to his room at night, mostly when he was on night shift. He would allegedly show them pornographic images on his cell before engaging with them in an act of a sexual nature.
The suspect is a married man and his wife lives in Okakarara.
The alleged molestation is said to have taken place over a period of four years, and involved boys aged between 13 and 17.