Police can’t find army general’s stock theft accomplice

05 May 2021 | Justice

Kenya Kambowe



RUNDU

The second suspect in a stock-theft case involving former Namibia Defence Force (NDF) Major-General Thomas Hamuyela is nowhere to be found. Police have been searching for him since last year.

This was confirmed by Kavango West police deputy commissioner, Abner Agas, who recently told Namibian Sun the suspect is on the run and the police are hard at work to trace him.

Agas said the suspect, who is from the same vicinity as Hamunyela’s farm at Mutorwa village in the Kavango West Region, allegedly sold the cattle to the former army commander.

He added that the suspect is currently out on bail for another stock theft case in the same area, absconded court proceedings and has since been a wanted person by the police.

Hamunyela (64), who was arrested in January, is currently out on N$5 000 bail.

He is represented by Sisa Namandje.

At his last court appearance on 10 March at the Rundu Magistrate’s Court, Magistrate Hellen Olaiya postponed the matter to 24 May for further investigation.

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.

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

Assault rifle

Namibian Sun has established that the State is also probing why Hamunyela was in possession of an AK-47 assault rifle although the law prohibits civilians from owning automatic weapons.

During his bail hearing in January, he told the court that he owned an assault rifle so that he could assist state security if the need arose.

The former commander is no stranger to the courtroom. In 2016, he was accused of using a government vehicle and property for private use.

At the time, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) decided that Hamunyela should be charged on three counts of fraud and corruption for using an NDF vehicle and a soldier to transport building material to the construction site of his private home at Sivaradi village.

He also faced a case of attempting to defeat the course of justice by allegedly falsifying a letter dated January 2015 in which he claimed that he had permission to make use of the NDF’s water tanker, tents, blankets and a grinder during the construction of his house.

In 2016, Namibian Sun reported that Hamunyela was summoned to appear before the Rundu regional court, but was a no-show.

Attempts to get information on this case proved futile at the time of going to print.

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