NDF colonel and teacher granted bail

11 July 2019 | Crime

A colonel in the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and a vocational teacher, accused of poaching a number of animals on a farm near Tsumeb, have been granted bail of N$5 000.

Colonel Tobais Ipangelwa Nujoma (51) is the commanding officer of the Engineering Regiment based at Otavi, while Samuel Mumbala is an instructor employed at the Valombola Vocational Training College at Ongwediva.

The two men were arrested on Monday morning at around 01:00 near Tsutsab Farm in the Tsintsabis area of the Oshikoto Region.

The police said they were found in possession of illegally hunted game, including two duikers, two rabbits, two springhares and one antelope.

The poaching was discovered after the farm owner had been woken by gunshots. He investigated and spotted vehicle lights. He then notified officers at the nearby Bravo police checkpoint, who arrested the suspects when they arrived in a double-cab bakkie.

A shotgun with one live round, allegedly owned by Nujoma, was confiscated in addition to the meat.

Tsumeb magistrate Ruben Mutuku granted the two men bail on Monday and postponed the matter to 19 August 2019.

FRANCOISE STEYNBERG

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