Rehoboth residents manhandle Swartz

28 Jul 2017 14:00pm
REHOBOTH, 28 JUL (NAMPA) - Approximately 150 disgruntled Rehoboth residents on Friday morning stormed the Rehoboth Town Council (RTC) Chambers to disrupt an ordinary meeting and manhandled Human Resource Manager Willie Swartz, calling for him to be removed.
The residents, led by firebrand community activist Abraham Kaibib, chanted, “Enough is enough”.
“Enough is enough and we are fed up with the Swapo [party] councillors protecting Swartz. He must go and we need to remove him now,” angry Kaibib shouted.
The crowd saw Swartz standing at a distance in the building and walked towards him.
“Let’s remove the ‘skelm’ and force him out of this premises,” Kaibib shouted, followed by the rowdy crowd.
They grabbed him by his jacket and dragged him towards the gate, before the police stepped in and forced them to release Swartz.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officers used teargas to disperse the crowd.
Referring to Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa, Kaibib said: “Shaningwa is also playing cat and mouse with us. Why are the councillors protecting Swartz?”
According to Leonard Pienaar of the United People’s Movement in previous Nampa reports, Shanignwa, through a directive sent to the Local Authority councillors in December 2016, ordered Swartz to vacate his office.
She on Tuesday was quoted in Die Republikein newspaper as saying Swartz was appointed illegally during a recess of the RTC.
In full view of the public on Friday, Swartz lashed out at Shaningwa, saying she is instigating the public against him through her statements.
“My safety is at stake here because of Shaningwa. She is not the one who appointed me, nor is she having any right or authority to remove me. I am going nowhere,” he charged.
Swartz said he will make a full statement on his appointment deemed illegal and that he will take action against the newspapers, including the Namibian Sun that reported on his alleged embezzlement of N.dollars 13 million.
“I will make a full statement in the coming weeks and Shaningwa will be one of the topics. If my appointment is illegal why is that of the CEO legal? Wasn’t he appointed at the same meeting? My lawyers will advise me further on the issue,” Swartz said.
The minister could not be reached for comment at the time of publishing this story as she was in Gibeon for an inauguration.