Extra police resources for LPM ‘treason’ case

“A seasoned investigator has been appointed to take care of the two cases. Their issue will be investigated fully,” Ndeitunga promised.

20 April 2021 | Police

OGONE TLHAGE







WINDHOEK

The Namibian police have committed necessary resources to probe a high treason case opened against the leaders of the Landless People’s Movement (LPM).

The treason case hangs over LPM leaders Bernadus Swartbooi and Henny Seibeb’s heads after a case was opened by President Hage Geingob’s head of security, Johan Ndjaronguru, over the weekend.

There were talks that the outspoken duo face an imminent arrest for their alleged “dishonourable” conduct in Parliament last week during the heated State of the Nation Address, which was subsequently called off after the house descended into chaos. But police chief Sebatian Ndeitunga said thorough investigations must be conducted before any arrests are made.

“The issue is there are two counter cases registered. They registered a case and the police also registered a case. Investigations will be conducted and then it will be sent to the Prosecutor General,” he said.

Thorough investigation

Ndeitunga added that he appointed an investigator who also has a law degree to ensure a thorough investigation.

“A seasoned investigator has been appointed to take care of the two cases. Their issue will be investigated fully,” he promised.

A case of assault had also been opened against Ndjaronguru by Seibeb.

Home affairs minister Frans Kapofi would not comment on the matter, saying it was beyond his level of expertise.

“I don’t know how these things work… I have nothing to offer in that respect. Ask the police, they are the ones arresting,” he said.

‘Posed no threat’

When contacted for comment, Ndjaronguru confirmed opening the case against Seibeb, but would not delve into it, adding that he needed to consult his legal team before making a public comment.

Seibeb also confirmed opening a case of assault against Ndjaronguru.

He last week claimed Ndjaronguru had punched him in the face when he was removed from the National Assembly chamber.

He added that he posed no threat to Geingob before he was dragged out after he tore up a copy of the State of the Nation Address and threw pieces of the document to the floor, leading to him being approached by security officials called by Speaker Peter Katjavivi.

Ndjaronguru subsequently carried Seibeb out of the chamber for his actions, which were later described by Katjavivi as “dishonourable”.

At a press conference held last week, Seibeb questioned why Ndjaronguru had been allowed into the National Assembly.

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