Two NamPol employees arrested for soliciting bribes

24 May 2016 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 24 MAY (NAMPA) - Two members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) were last Friday arrested in the Oshana Region’s Ongwediva for allegedly soliciting bribes from a member of the public.
Ananias Shivute Iita and Erwin Kavela Nestor (ages not disclosed) work as curators at the Police Mortuary in Tsumeb of the Oshikoto Region.
NamPol spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi confirmed their arrest on Tuesday after they appeared in the Oshakati Magistrate's Court on Monday. Both are facing charges of soliciting bribes and their case was postponed to 21 July, pending further police investigations.
The NamPol members are out on a bail of N.dollars 1 000 each.
It is alleged the two NamPol members recently stopped an unnamed motorbike rider in the Omusati Region.
Upon realising the biker is unlicensed, they allegedly solicited an unspecified amount of money from him.
However, the biker reported the matter to NamPol upon arrival in Ongwediva, which resulted in their arrest.
“The Namibian Police Force noted with concern of text messages in The Namibian newspaper about police officers soliciting bribes, and we advise members of the public to forward such information to regional police commanders in respective regions. The public can also make use of police suggestion boxes countrywide in order for such offenders to be brought to book,” said Kanguatjivi.
In separate incidents, a Wanaheda resident in Winhdoek’s Katutura residential area on Tuesday ended his life by hanging himself.
Donald Mackey, 25, ended his life at about 08h15 by hanging himself with a rope at Erf 123 in G.I.S Kangueehi Street.
No suicide note was left behind and no foul play is suspected.
Also on Tuesday, a biker died between 11h00 and 12h00 at the corner of Michel McLean Street and Cimbabesia Road when he collided head-on with a Toyota Land Cruiser pick-up.
The rider died at the scene.
A police investigation team is now hard at work to ascertain the rider's identity and find his relatives.
A case of culpable homicide was also opened against the driver of the Toyota Land Cruiser.