Human trafficking pastor's bail hearing postponed

01 Sep 2016 07:30am
ONDANGWA, 01 SEP AUG (NAMPA) – Pastor and founder of the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church in Namibia, Pastor Pedro Marcelino Moussongela’s bail hearing was postponed on Wednesday, pending further police investigations into the three charges he is facing.
Moussongela, 55, appeared before Ondangwa Magistrate Peter Nangula, who postponed the bail hearing until 03 October this year, to allow for further in-depth investigations.
He was represented by defence lawyer Tuwilika Shailemo of Inonge Mainga Attorneys.
It is alleged that Moussongela trafficked five of his own minor children to England, some of whom he is said to have had incestuous relations with.
Another allegation is that he fathered a child with his own daughter.
Some of these children’s mothers are said to be women from his congregation, while others are said to be employed at one of his three Mennonite private schools at Ongwediva, Omafo and Ongenga in northern Namibia.
Earlier media reports also indicated that Moussongela stands accused of kidnapping one of his daughters and allegedly assaulting the girl’s mother, after which he was arrested, but he managed to secure bail.
The pastor was then rearrested on the same charges on 23 June 2016 and has been remanded in the Ondangwa Prison since.
Angry victims and relatives of victims also held a peaceful demonstration in front of the court on Wednesday, in protest against the granting of bail, saying he might continue committing similar crimes.
Moussongela, originally from Congo, had been domiciled in Namibia since 1991 and was waiting for Namibian citizenship. He was first married to a Namibian woman, Linda Nangolo Nakashololo, whose children he allegedly also trafficked to South Africa in 2000.
One of Nakashololo’s sons, Fidel Nakashololo who was among the protestors, said the pastor deceived his mother into thinking she was going to study in Canada, only to find out later she has been trafficked.
“He told our mother she was going to study theology, but the school he sent her to was non-existent, and during the same time, he also dumped us in South Africa and we were left to fend for ourselves for about six years,” he said.
(NAMPA)
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