Walvis Municipality threatens activist with defamation case

17 Jan 2017 18:40pm
WALVIS BAY, 17 JAN (NAMPA) – The Mayor of Walvis Bay, Immanuel Wilfred and Councillor Paulus Kauhondamwa, have threatened to sue community activist, Kenneth Iilonga for defamation of character.
Iilonga and a group of Kuisebmond residents last month voiced concerns of alleged corruption and self-enrichment in the Walvis Bay Municipality and Town Council.
In a petition delivered to Council, they demanded response on the issues and that the two politicians be booted for alleged corrupt land deals.
Wilfred told Nampa on Tuesday the council lawyer was instructed to demand proof of the allegations from the group by last Friday.
“Without proof we will sue for defamation of character. We cannot allow them to just go around and tarnish people’s names like that,” said the mayor.
The group last week cancelled a sit-in protest because the Municipality had requested the Namibian Police Force’s assistance to prevent the about 3 360 residents from camping on the local authority premises.
Iilonga on Tuesday responded to the threat, saying he defied the due date for proof because he would rather give it to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
He said he is ready for the lawsuit challenge because he has trust in his proof and will not back down.
“It is their right to sue, if they know they are not corrupt then they can go forward and file the charge,” he said.
Kauhondamwa on Tuesday said he is part of the decision to sue the group for defaming his name.
The councillor said he is not corrupt and if the group thinks he is, they must prove it or face the charges.
“Now the whole Namibia think we are corrupt because of the things Iilonga and his group say in the newspapers and radio. That needs to end,’’ said the councillor.