31 May 2016 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 31 MAY (NAMPA) - A local pastor and founder of the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church in Namibia on Tuesday appeared in court on charges of human trafficking.
Pastor Pedro Marcelino Moussongela, 55, appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Ingrid Lerato Unengu, who postponed the case until 28 November for the purposes of plea and trial.
Moussongela is facing charges of human trafficking, rape, assault by threat and incest.
Tuesdays postponement was effected as per agreement reached between the pastor's privately instructed defence lawyer Francois Bangamwabo and Public Prosecutor Rowan van Wyk.
Reports carried by the local Namibian Sun newspaper have it that Moussongela is accused of having kidnapped his daughter and allegedly assaulting the girls mother outside the NamRights offices in Windhoek.
It is alleged that Moussongela had trafficked five of his own children to England.
He has allegedly delegated someone to drop off three of these children, who are all under the age of 12, in London.
Another allegation is that he fathered one of these children with his own daughter.
All children have been taken by the British police and placed in a safe house.
The 55-year-old Moussongela, originally from Angola, had been domiciled in Namibia since 1991 and was waiting for Namibian citizenship. He was first married to a Namibian woman, Linda Nangolo Nakashololo, and after her death married another Namibian citizen.
Moussongela holds a doctorate in education and ran three Mennonite private schools at Ongwediva, Omafo and Ongenga in northern Namibia.
It is further alleged that Moussongela had impregnated at least six women of his congregation and other gullible victims.
The pastor is free on a warning.