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Five in court on obstruction of justice charges

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FOUR Namibians were granted bail, while a Zambian was remanded in custody, after they were arrested on Thursday for obstructing the course of justice and assaulting police officers.

The Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court on Friday granted Moses Mushe (38), Mukupi Musheti (36), Dinah Mwiya (21) and Peggy Sipiya Nehemia (53) bail of N$800, N$500, N$500 and N$600 respectively.

The Zambian accused, Moola Limakazo (42), was denied bail because he is a flight risk, as he allegedly entered Namibia illegally and is facing an additional charge for that.

All the accused are facing an additional charge of assault by threat.

The accused were part of the illegal settlers at the Lwanyanda informal settlement who were protesting against Katima Mulilo Town Council and Kayuni Investments (Pty) Ltd’s plans to demolish their houses on Thursday.

After failed attempts to stop the demolition, they started throwing stones at the police and the bulldozer that was demolishing their houses and injured some police officers.

Their cases were postponed to 24 November 2022 for further investigations.

Zambezi regional police spokesperson inspector Kisco Sitali confirmed to The Namibian the injuries sustained by the police officers.

He added that several police officers sustained minor injuries, while three were seriously injured and treated at the Katima Mulilo State Hospital.

The accused appeared before magistrate Davy Kambinda, while Cedric Mundia represented the state.



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