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HAPPIER TIMES: Former Mariental town councillor Shekutamba Michael Jonas, who served on an Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) ticket. 
PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED.
HAPPIER TIMES: Former Mariental town councillor Shekutamba Michael Jonas, who served on an Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) ticket. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED.

IPC councillor removed over drug allegations

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Shekutamba Michael Jonas, a former councillor of the Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) who served on the Mariental town council, was removed from his position after he was found in possession of drugs.

He was arrested by police and charged with dealing in dependence-producing drugs last Thursday morning at Liquor Liner Flat in Mariental.

A search found 54 parcels of pure and loose cannabis weighing 14 470 kilograms as well as three black bags containing 1 725 kilograms of skunk cannabis, with a total value of N$230 950, Hardap police said.

Another suspect in the matter, Ben Muharukua (51), was also detained and appeared in court on Monday without being granted bail.

Party of the rule of law

Reacting to the developments, IPC spokesperson Imms Nashinge said the party had taken corrective measures to deal with the matter.

“We are a party premised on the principle of rule of law and will do exactly that in dealing with matters that are in conflict with the rule of law. We will always be ready to take necessary steps with zero fear or contradictions.”

Mariental municipality CEO Paul Nghiwilepo confirmed Jonas’ vacancy on the southern town’s council.

“I acknowledge receipt of the letter regarding the withdrawal of [Jonas] as a member of the local authority of Mariental with effect from 7 September. The process of placing a notice in the Government Gazette will commence immediately.”

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Namibian Sun 2022-12-04

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