Epupa conflict leads to arrest of 24 men

26 Dec 2016 19:10pm
OPUWO, 26 DEC (NAMPA) – Twenty-four men will appear in the Opuwo Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on charges of public violence and possession of dangerous weapons while they were blocking the entrance to the Epupa Camp with stones and tree branches on Friday morning.
Acting crime investigation coordinator, Detective Chief Inspector Paavo Iiyambo told Nampa on Monday it was the second time the group blocked entrance to the camp in the Epupa Constituency of the Kunene Region after the first time last Saturday (17 December 2016).
Iiyambo said the weapons included pangas, knives and sharp sticks.
They are held at the Okanguati Police station.
A member of the concerned group, Karipetua Uarije, said they blocked the entrance to the camp because the owner does not contribute to the Constituency Development Fund like other lodges.
On his part, owner of Epupa Camp, Wouter van Zijl, told this reporter the chief of the Muniomuhoro Kapika Traditional Authority instructed him not to contribute to the fund because of conflict between the Kapika brothers. Both claim to be chief.
“Four people on Saturday morning could not get entrance to the lodge because of the blockage which is a huge loss to the lodge,” Van Zijl said.
Approached for comment, Inspector-General of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said there is a need for Namibians to remain focused to maintain peace and security.
“There is no development in an environment of chaos and those who disturb developmental programmes of the government should be rejected with the content they deserve,” Ndeitunga said.
Kunene Governor Angelika Muharukua warned residents not to listen to wrong advise which will lead to them colliding with development in the region.