Drought-relief food allegedly smuggled to Angola: CoD

12 Sep 2013 06:20
OUTAPI, 12 SEP (NAMPA) - A field worker of the Congress of Democrats (CoD) in the Omusati Region says certain individuals are smuggling drought relief food from Namibia into neighbouring Angola through the Okapalelona border post.
Sakaria Teofelus made these allegations in a telephonic conversation with Nampa on Wednesday.
Teofelus alleged that he spotted two people loading boxes of tinned fish meant for drought relief onto a blue Toyota pick-up vehicle with an Angolan registration number plate from the Huila Province in Angola at a suburb in Outapi last Thursday.
“The tins I have seen were clearly marked ‘Not for Sale’, indicating that they are meant for distribution to people who are going hungry in the country. Therefore, I have called the police to investigate,” he claimed.
The CoD official, at the same time, expressed disappointment that two groups of police officials he eventually called to apprehend the suspects did not conduct serious investigations.
Teofelus pointed out that the first group of police officials just came, talked to the suspects and let them go without confiscating the fish in question, claiming that the police did not interrogate them thoroughly.
According to him, the second group of police officials was headed by a police inspector, but this group arrived after the two suspects left Outapi for Angola already.
“The government has not enough food for distribution to all drought-affected people in the country, but greedy individuals are seemingly already involved in the abuse of the benefits of the drought-relief programme,' he argued.
Approached for comment, Warrant Officer Lineekela Shikongo of the public relations unit of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Omusati Region charged that police investigations have detected that the tinned fish were really not those meant for distribution to starving people.
“I spoke to the colleagues who conducted the investigations, and I am informed it was not tinned fish of the drought-relief programme,” Shikongo told Nampa.
However, Teofelus remains adamant, and continues to claim it was tinned fish of the drought-relief programme.