By Confidente Reporter
DEPUTY chairman of the beleaguered Caprivi Concerned Group (CCG), Retief Kangongo whose alleged disappearance in May last year was blamed on Nampol’s Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga, was last month deported back to Namibia by Botswana immigration authorities.
Confirming the matter, Ndeitunga said that Kangongo was deported about two weeks ago through the Ngoma border post where he boarded a bus headed for Katima Mulilo en route to Otjiwarongo to live with his girlfriend.
Kangongo was reported missing on April 30 2016 by CCG – a group that was established in 2012 in the Zambezi region renowned for advocating for the release of those arrested in connection with failed attempts to secede Zambezi, then Caprivi, from Namibia in 1999. Members of the group suggested that police and its Inspector General played a role in Kangongo’s disappearance after the former reportedly made threats against the organisation through a local daily.
The allegations were however dispelled two weeks down the line when it emerged that Kangongo had sought asylum in neighbouring Botswana where he was housed at Francistown centre for illegal immigrants. At the time, police revealed that Kangongo was found in possession of a stolen mobile phone before he voluntarily fled into Botswana.
“Mr Kangongo has nothing to fear. His alleged fear is none other than a hallucination. He should just tell the international community and people of this country about his guilty conscience. The police has no business with him as long as he remains a law abiding citizen,” Ndeitunga said.
Ndeitunga added that although the controversy tarnished his good reputation, he harbours no ill feelings. In fact, the police chief said that he instructed his officers not to interrogate Kangongo so as to establish how he left the country amongst other issues.“…I have even told the police not to question him on the allegations of theft of a cellphone. We don’t play dirty cards in a principled democratic society which is based on concrete pillars of the rule of law and equal justice for all. We are a professional police force and our intelligence capacity should not be underestimated.
“Kangongo should confess and publicly apologise for having maliciously tarnished my good reputation. I am not that kind of a person who can order police to harass innocent people. I assume that Botswana Authority deported him because they were convinced and are sure that there was no threat to the life of Mr Kangongo. I rest my case,” Ndeitunga said.
Police sources Tuesday told Confidente that Kangongo upon arrival at Ngoma border post was ironically not collected by any official. “He told officials there that he would go stay with his girlfriend in Otjiwarongo before he boarded a bus headed in the direction of Katima Mulilo.”
At the time of Kangongo’s alleged disappearance, CCG’s secretary general Edwin Samati in a media statement said that the former’s “mysterious disappearance” following alleged threats by Ndeitunga were indications that there is a hit list targeting CCG members and its leaders.
Efforts to get comment from the Ministry of Home Affairs on Kangongo’s deportation to Namibia proved futile at the time of going to print.
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