OTJIWARONGO, 27 JUN – A former mayor of Okakarara has been arrested in connection with stock theft in the area of Kombat.
It is alleged that the 41-year-old is involved in a stock theft syndicate along with two accomplices aged 26 and 19.
They were arrested on Tuesday after the meat of a cow slaughtered on either Thursday or Friday on Farm Biesiepan south of Kombat, was found at the former mayor’s house.
The spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha on Wednesday confirmed the arrests, saying the politician’s accomplices are employed on Farm Biesiepan.
Preliminary police investigations indicate that on Saturday, the former mayor allegedly drove to the farm to collect the meat and took it to Okakarara.
“Upon searching his house in Okakarara on Tuesday, we found the meat in his fridges,” Mbeha said.
It is alleged that three have been running the stock theft syndicate for some time now.
They are being held in police custody at Otavi and were expected to appear in the magistrate’s court there on Wednesday.
Police investigations continue.