Police issue warning after horses are maimed in Omusati

01 Jun 2019 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 01 JUN (NAMPA) - The Omusati police have urged horse owners in the region to be on the alert after two incidents were recorded of horses found maimed, with their tails cut off.
The Namibian Police Force’s spokesperson for the Omusati Region, Inspector Linekela Shikongo told Nampa two such cases were recorded – one last month and one this past week.
In the most recent case, Petrus Anghuwo found two of his horses with their tails cut off.
“He informed the police about the incident on Wednesday and was referred to the stock theft unit, but did not open a case, apparently because the horses are already dead,” Shikongo said.
He confirmed that another person reported a similar incident last month and no case was opened, adding that the police cannot do anything about the matter because no cases were opened.
Anghuwo, from Olukekete, said he found his two horses at Outapi with their tails cut off and their hind legs slashed.
“I found one horse lying under a tree, nearly dead, and the other attempting to get up but it could not. When I took a closer look, I found that their tails had been cut off and their back legs slashed,” he said.
He decided to report the matter to the Outapi Police Station.
“I was told another person also came by the police station last month to report a similar incident. He found his horse dead and its tail had also been cut off,” Anghuwo said.
Horse tails are significant in Ovambo tradition, used mainly for celebration during special occasions.
Shikongo urged horse owners in the area to be on the lookout and also issued a warning to the perpetrators.
“I am warning whoever is doing this that the law has long arms. They should know what they are doing is illegal and it will have consequences,” he said.