Youth activist’s questionable acts

Lebbeus Hashikutuva recently made waves on social media, implicating him to theft of an approximate total of N$114 000.

26 October 2021 | Youth

Monique Adams and Jeanette Diergaardt





The After Break magazine start-up run by Rejoice Amutenya and Mehafo Amunyela will be implementing more strict measures to maintain and develop a more secured business model. On the other hand, the #ShutItAllDown movement is going strong after Hashikutuva allegedly stole US$5 000 funded by the African Union Youth Envoy.

The N$40 000 owed to After Break has been paid back by Hashikutuva’s parents, according to Amutenya. The spokesperson of Windhoek City Police, Celie Kapolo, confirmed that an agreement has been reached between the accused and the magazine owners. She could, however, not disclose what the agreements entailed.

Nsozi Mwazi from #ShutItAllDown said despite recent obstacles, the movement is still moving forward and is planning events before the year ends.

27 November will mark the start of a Hot Girls Summer workshop that will be announced soon on social media. The movement will also be partnering with the Secret Sunrise event and organisers for 16 Days of Activism.

According to statements released by the movement, the grant was officially awarded to the movement on 19 February. Hashikutuva was the main contact and driving force of the relationship between the movement and the grantors. This led to a back-and-forth over eight months between the movement and Hashikutuva to get him to pay back the money.

Ndiilo Nthengwe from #ShutItAllDown confirmed that he paid back the money on 12 October, and has not made any substantive contact since.

“The actions of an individual should be judged in isolation of the movement and activists, which means that a movement is not run by a single individual and shouldn't be aligned this way.

“The movement has been transparent with the public and media on the eventualities, to show that nobody enabled the behaviour of this person. Transparency therefore remains the bedrock of any movement as it coincides with the many ways we intend to hold state agencies accountable on their lack of transparency,” she said.

Moving forward, the #ShutItDown movement will remain transparent and involve every member in processes when it comes to decision-making, she added.

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