IPC to take unapologetic Ya Nangoloh to court

The Independent Patriots for Change has taken issue with comments made by Phil Ya Nangoloh’s on social media, arguing that the image of the political party has been tarnished by his actions.

21 September 2021 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe





RUNDU

The Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) says it will continue with a N$500 000 defamation lawsuit against Namrights leader Phil Ya Nangoloh, who failed to apologise for comments he made on social media platforms.

This was confirmed by IPC spokesperson Immanuel Nashinge, who yesterday told Namibian Sun that the party is in the process of taking legal action against Ya Nangoloh.

Ya Nangoloh had until 17:00 last Wednesday to apologise to the IPC or else face the party in court.

“The process is in progress in terms of taking legal action,” Nashinge said.

All this stems from comments Ya Nangoloh allegedly made towards the party on various social media platforms in relation to an audio clip which has been circulating in which the author wishes death on President Hage Geingob.

According to IPC, Ya Nangoloh shared the clip, which was recorded by a certain Jonas Imanuel Muukeshe, on 6 September and claimed Muukeshe is an IPC activist.

On 9 September, Ya Nangoloh said the police arrested Muukeshe, the party said.

The party argued that in the clip, there was no mention of IPC, while its database has no record Muukeshe being an IPC member.

It is on that basis IPC has taken issue with Ya Nangoloh’s comments, arguing that the image of the political party has been tarnished by his actions.

Unapologetic

Meanwhile, Ya Nangoloh, who described IPC’s actions as “complete rubbish”, last week refused to apologise, and added that under common law, political parties cannot sue an individual.

“There will be no apology. I will ignore their lawyer with impunity. It is complete rubbish,” he said.

“IPC’s defamation case, if ever it reaches the High Court, will be dismissed on premises that political parties, like government, have no personality to sue individuals for defamation,” he said.

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