Alleged wife-beating councillor to plead in August
13 July 2020 | Justice
Swapo Ndiyona constituency councillor and National Council member, Eugen Likuwa, who allegedly assaulted and threatened to kill his wife last year during a Christmas get-together, is expected to plead to the charges in August.
Magistrate Sonia Samupofu had previously remanded the matter to 25 August for plea and trial. Initially heard in the Rundu Magistrate's Court, the matter will now be heard by the Ndiyona periodic court.
Likuwa stands accused of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and another count of assault by threat, after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife, Clementine Mpande.
The incident happened on 25 December 2019 at Arevesheneka village in the Kavango East Region, when the couple fought in full view of partygoers at a local shebeen. Likuwa and his wife hail from Rucara village in the same region. A Namibian Sun investigation at the time found that a quarrel erupted between Likuwa and his wife, who is said to have been unhappy with the way her husband interacted with female patrons at the party. Clementine was so furious that she went to sit alone, witnesses told Namibian Sun. She was later convinced to rejoin the group.
Brother-sister tag team
“When the wife returned to the group, she said certain things to the ladies who were in attendance and then they went to report it to the councillor,” a witness said.
Likuwa then confronted his wife, and an altercation ensued.
It is further alleged that Likuwa's sister, who had arrived at the party in the company of the couple, joined the fray and had a physical altercation with Clementine. It was at this point that Likuwa allegedly assaulted his wife, after which he drove off.
According to the police report, Likuwa allegedly slapped and punched his wife. Namibian Sun established that Clementine spent the night at a relative's house, while Likuwa's sister walked home after the incident.
A source said Likuwa's sister went to the police the next day and opened a case of assault against Clementine for slapping her in the face.
However, when Clementine got word that her sister-in-law had opened a case against her, she opened a case against her husband for assaulting her. Both Likuwa and his wife were subsequently arrested.
Clementine was released on a warning, while Likuwa was granted bail of N$5 000.
Variety Matamata is the State prosecutor, while Likuwa is represented by Beatrix Bianca Boois from BB Boois Attorneys.