Former IPC councillor sues IPC

Staff Writer

Ousted Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) councillor Desiree Davids is suing IPC for over N$2 million for alleged defamation of character and for loss of incomes she would have made for the remainder of her term as a councillor at the City of Windhoek.

Davids was withdrawn from the municipal council last year September after it allegedly only took one month for Davids’ application to buy a plot in Windhoek’s Rocky Crest suburb to get the green light from the city’s property department.

In another expulsion announced today and unrelated to David’s, IPC has recalled its councillor on the Oshakati Town Council, Martha Imeme, saying they will fill the ‘’vacancy in line with the procedures set out in the relevant legislation in due course’’.

IPC’s national general secretary, Christine Aochamus said Davids was found guilty of 11 charges by the IPC’s Khomas regional disciplinary committee.

In a letter seen by the Observer, addressed to IPC president Panduleni Itula, Davids claims N$ 1,949, 044.50, being salaries and allowances and N$100,000 for defamation.

“In the premises, we are instructed to demand, as we hereby do, monetary compensation equivalent to all salaries and allowances our client would have earned for the remainder of her term as a Councillor at the Council of the City of Windhoek, but for the IPC unjustified and wrongful decision to recall her as a Councillor,” reads the letter.

According to the letter, IPC last year issued a statement in a local newspaper that Davids resigned due to guilty findings.

“It is also our instruction that on 27 September 2021, IPC issued a Statement in the Namibian Daily Newspaper that our client resigned due to guilty findings, that our client is not fit and proper for IPC representation. As a result of your unjustified wrongful and defamatory statement, the people who read and/or come across these unfounded and untrue statements might not be associated with our client and thereby causing stigma and contumelia to her. Further, as a result of the aforesaid defamatory publication, our client’s right to human dignity, good name and character were grossly and unjustifiably violated,” it reads further.

However, last month the Anti-Corruption Commission cleared Davids of corruptly misusing her position on the council to fast-track her application for an erf in Windhoek’s Rocky Crest residential area but ACC however, found that the former IPC councillor applied for the land in line with the provisions of Paragraph 17 of a 2012 Council Resolution which enables the council members to apply for the sale of land by private treaty, pending ministerial approval.

IPC spokesperson, Imms Nashinge said the party is aware of the claims.

“I have seen it (the letter) running around through the social media, it’s a matter that is in court right we saw the letter that and we received from the lawyers,” he said

By Observer