Independent candidate shot at a wedding

14 October 2020 | Crime

TUYEIMO HAIDULA

OSHAKATI

An independent candidate standing for the position of councillor of Ohangwena constituency in next month’s election, Rehabeam Nghinyengilwe, was shot in the thigh by a cousin whom the aspiring politician had allegedly insulted.

Rehabeam Nghinyengilwe was shot and wounded on Sunday night at Okatope village where family and friends had congregated to celebrate a wedding of one of their own.

In his election campaign posters, Nghinyengilwe presents himself as “young, dynamic, dedicated and ready.”

Deputy Commissioner Sakaria Amakali of the Ohangwena police confirmed the incident.

Amakali said a cousin of Nghinyengilwe’s – Leornard Mokanya - allegedly shot the candidate in the thigh for insulting his mother.

“The swearing, we are told, is what fuelled the shooting. He was shot with a 9 mm calibre pistol in the right thigh but we are not sure about the penetration of the bullet,” he said.

Nghinyengilwe was first admitted to the Engela District Hospital and was later transferred at Oshakati State Hospital, Amakali said.

He said it is not illegal for anyone to carry a gun to wedding celebrations as long as it is licensed, although it remains an odd thing to do.

Mokanya, who was arrested after the shooting incident, appeared before the Ohangwena Magistrate’s Court yesterday. He was denied bail and his case postponed to 19 October.

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