Hengari, Amushelelo and Nauyoma’s court case pushed to April

Steve Nashama

The criminal case of Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters Commissar, Michael Amushelelo, Activist Dimbulukeni Nauyoma and Popular Democratic Movement Member of Parliament Inna Hengari was postponed to 27 April 2023. The three made their second appearance in the Katutura Magistrate’s court before Magistrate Surita Savage.

The state is represented by Cuthbert Lusipani. Hengari, Amushelelo and Nauyoma stand accused of contravening Sections of the Public Gathering Act, Violation of the Riotous Assembly Act, Inciting Public violence, Contempt of court, Malicious damage to state property, and Violation of a court order. It is alleged that they defied a high court order dismissing their application to protest against unemployment, on independence day.

Hengari is currently out on bail, while Amushelelo and Nauyoma are still in police custody. Their lawyer, Kadhila Amoomo indicated yesterday that the state’s grounds of objection will only be placed on record today. Amushelelo and Nauyoma’s bail application begin today at 9 am. This confirmation was made by Samuel Kadhila, another Lawyer representing the two activists. Sherrow Malumbano , who is representing Hengari said her client will report to court on 27 April.

“The state is still objecting to bail. Subsequently, we will proceed with a formal bail application for the first two accused persons,” Kadhila stated.

Amoomo said his clients remain hopeful and continue to have faith in Judiciary.

“We obviously understand that our clients acted within rights to political activity and therefore we will be doing our best to launch the bail application tomorrow,” Amoomo stated.

Yesterday, Hengari said their legal team continues to pursue all means at their disposal to bring Amushelelo and Nauyoma home.

The state is said to object to the bail of the two accused because of their continuous violation of the court orders, damaging state properties and ignoring bail conditions, said Malumbano.

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