By Confidente Reporter
THE Prosecutor General’s Office has instructed further police investigations into a case in which Detective Inspector, Ratjindua Tjivikua two years ago physically assaulted his junior, constable Lydia Mungedjo after years of his alleged failed sexual advances at her.
Tjivikua had also laid counter charges of grievous bodily harm against the woman he says beat up in self-defence after she threw a cup of hot tea at him during their scuffle.
Nampol spokesperson, Inspector Slogan Mathews said that the PG earlier this year instructed further investigations in both cases.
“The police officers opened counter charges against each other, their cases were investigated and both case dockets were forwarded last year to the Prosecutor General’s Office for decision. At the beginning of this year, the Prosecutor General issued some instructions on both case dockets and referred them back to the Namibian Police Force for further investigations. We are now in the process of complying with those further instructions and once completed, we will forward both case dockets back to the Prosecutor General’s Office,” Mathews explained.
At the time of the incident early May 2014, Mungedjo claimed that Tjivikua’s sexual harassment started in 2006 when he proposed her. When she refused to sleep with him, he reportedly told her that she would never be promoted and that he would make life very difficult for her.
Distraught, she also said that Nampol senior officials failed to protect her from the unwanted sexual advances and other abuse by Tjivikua that eventually led to her having a miscarriage in 2007 and being diagnosed with anxiety disorder.
She pointed out that she wrote numerous letters since 2006 to her seniors complaining about the harassment but that no action was taken until the brutal attack that left her bruised and bloodied.
Narrating events that led to the incident, Mungedjo claimed that Tjivikua told her to refrain from using police vehicles, even when she was on duty and had on several occasions refused to sign her leave forms and cancelled her driving course.
On that fateful day, he reportedly told her to get out of a police vehicle she had boarded, demanding she goes to his office. When she tried to enter his office, Tjivikua reportedly slammed the door in her face and injured her nose. It was at this time that she threw a cup of hot tea at him in self-defence, she says. He reportedly then pushed her to the floor and beat her with his fists before kicking her in full view of two female colleagues.
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