OTJIWARONGO, 29 JUN – Former Okakarara town mayor, John Viakondo who was arrested on Tuesday at Okakarara on allegations of stock theft in the area of Kombat, appeared in the Otavi Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Viakondo and his two alleged accomplices Bwee-Bwe Kashiteyo, 19, and 26-year-old Gideon Nghiteka made their first court appearance and were each granted bail of N.dollars 2 000.
The trio opted to apply for State-funded lawyers after their legal rights were explained to them and their case was then postponed to 23 August 2018 for further police investigations, and to allow them time to acquire legal representation.
Viakondo, Kashiteyo and Nghiteka were arrested on Tuesday after a cow was slaughtered last Thursday or Friday on Farm Biesiepan situated about 50 kilometres south of Kombat in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force in the region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha on Wednesday told Nampa that Viakondo’s two accomplices are employees of Farm Biesiepan.
Preliminary police investigations indicate that on Saturday, Viakondo allegedly drove to the farm to collect the meat and transported it in his vehicle back to Okakarara.
“Upon searching his house in Okakarara on Tuesday, we found the meat in his fridges,” Mbeha said.
It is alleged the three men have been running a stock theft syndicate for some time in the region.
Police investigations continue.