Alleged rapist Likoro's case now awaits PG's decision

18 Oct 2013 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 18 OCT (NAMPA) - The alleged rape case of the suspended special advisor to Lands and Resettlement Minister Alpheus !Naruseb is now awaiting a decision from the Office of Prosecutor-General Martha Ekandjo-Imalwa.
Vincent Likoro, 48, was arrested for allegedly raping a 38-year-old woman at Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region on 07 July 2013, and made his third appearance in that magistrate’s court on Thursday.
His case was remanded until 21 November this year in order to allow the PG's Office to pronounce itself on how to proceed with the matter.
Officials at the Katima Mulilo Magistrate's Court, who asked not to be named, told Nampa on Friday morning that the docket of the case has now been forwarded to the PG 's office in Windhoek for a decision.
The court officials said this was done following the finalisation of the police investigations into the alleged rape case.
Likoro is free on bail of N.dollars 2000, which was extended until his next court appearance.
Earlier reports carried by the daily 'Namibian Sun' newspaper had it that the alleged rape victim, who works for the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement in the Kavango Region, accused Likoro of raping her during an official visit to the Zambezi Region.
The incident allegedly occurred at Camp Kwandu on the outskirts of Katima Mulilo, where Minister !Naruseb's delegation was booked in.
The delegation was on an official visit there to consult traditional authorities on land matters.
It is claimed that the accused allegedly had sexual intercourse with the woman in her room on a Saturday night, 06 July 2013.
According to the statement the woman gave to the police, the sexual act was performed without her consent.
The woman stated that after dinner with other staffers, Likoro remained behind, and it was during that time when he allegedly started making sexual advances towards her.
He allegedly joined the woman in her room, after which the two started kissing.
The woman claimed that Likoro took advantage of the moment when he allegedly started having sex with her without her consent.
One of the accused’s bail conditions is that he may not discuss details of the alleged rape incident with the minister, or members of his delegation.
He may also not be assigned to official delegations which the complainant forms a part of.
The court also ordered him not to change his residential address in Windhoek.
On 12 July this year, President Hifikepunye Pohamba suspended Likoro with immediate effect, pending the outcome of the court case.
His suspension was made public by the Minister of Presidential Affairs and Attorney-General, Dr Albert Kawana, in a media statement availed to Nampa on the aforesaid date.
“Comrade Vincent Likoro, the special advisor to the Minister of Lands and Resettlement, has been suspended with immediate effect. He has been suspended pending the outcome of the court case regarding the allegations of rape against him,” Kawana stated at the time.
The statement went on to say that President Hifikepunye Pohamba recognises the fact that in terms of Article 12 (1)(d) of the Namibian Constitution, all persons charged with an offence shall be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to the law.
“It has, however, become untenable, given the fact that Comrade Vincent Likoro shares the same office complex with the alleged rape victim. This makes some of Likoro's bail conditions difficult to comply with. As a nation that believes in the rule of law and justice for all, the law must take its course,” Kawana explained at the time.
The statement also indicated that the President “fully believes in the independence of the judiciary”.
“We hope the case of Comrade Vincent Likoro will be concluded soon so that this matter is brought to its logical conclusion,” the Presidential Affairs’ Minister indicated.
Likoro was appointed in April 2013 by President Pohamba as special advisor to the Lands Minister, after serving for years as Swapo-Party regional coordinator in the Kavango Region.
Before this appointment, Likoro was one of the people tipped to become the governor of the Kavango Region.
(NAMPA)
SKE/TK