Former army general’s stock theft case postponed

29 July 2021 | Justice

Kenya Kambowe



RUNDU

A stock theft case involving former Namibia Defence Force (NDF) Major-General Thomas Hamuyela has been postponed for another two months for further police investigations.

Hamunyela (65) yesterday appeared before Magistrate Hellen Olaiya, who postponed the matter to 21 October.

In May, Namibian Sun reported that the matter was postponed for further investigations and for the court to acquire the police docket.

Prosecutor Hillia Munzenze yesterday told the court that the State was in possession of the docket, however, they needed more time as statements from three witnesses still need to be obtained.

Olaiya granted the request.

Hamunyela, who was arrested in January, is out on bail of N$5 000.

He is represented by Sisa Namandje.

Valued at N$29k

Hamunyela was charged with one count of stock theft after he allegedly stole three oxen and two cows belonging to Sipipa Thadeus Naironga at Mutorwa village in Kavango West Region.

The cattle - valued at N$29 000 - were allegedly found in Hamunyela’s possession.

The State is also investigating why Hamunyela was in possession of an AK-47 assault rifle - despite the law prohibiting civilians from owning automatic weapons.

During his bail application in January, Hamunyela told the court he was in possession of the rifle because his services as a former army general might be needed any time.

“To protect you,” Hamunyela told the prosecutor when asked about the rifle.

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