By Confidente Reporter
CASES of malicious damage to property and assault were opened on Tuesday against Omaheke Regional Governor, Festus Ueitele, by former Omaheke Swapo Party Women’s Council (SPWC) Regional Coordinator, Bianca van Wyk, and party member Richard Mojele.
Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi, confirmed the opening of the two cases this week.
Shikwambi said that it is alleged that Ueitele had grabbed Van Wyk’s cellphone, valued at N$4 000, before smashing it against a car’s bullbar.
The incident happened at a Swapo meeting held to elect delegates for the ruling party congress, slated for later this year.
“On 17 June, at about 15h20 at Epukiro Community Hall, it is alleged that the suspect grabbed the complainant’s cellphone and smashed it against the car’s bullbar. The complainant is Bianca van Wyk,” Shikwambi said.
He added that Ueitele had also allegedly hit Mojele on the mouth with his fist.
“At about 17h00 at Epukiro Community Hall, it is alleged that the suspect hit the complainant with a fist on the mouth. The suspect in both dockets is the Honourable Governor Festus Ueitele of Omaheke. Both incidents occurred at a Swapo Party meeting over the weekend. Cases were only registered today (on Tuesday). Investigations are currently being done, and any progress will be forwarded, as it becomes available.”
Efforts to get comment from Ueitele proved futile, as his mobile phone was answered by someone in his office.
According to a daily newspaper, the violence at the Swapo meeting broke out after Okorukambe Constituency Councillor, Raphael Mokaleng, jumped up and introduced himself as the party’s district coordinator, despite Frans Murangi having been elected to the position.
The police had to be called in after a verbal confrontation erupted, that included delegates allegedly hurling insults at each other.
The newspaper also reported that there are divisions among party members in the region, involving two factions.
One faction reportedly consists of Epukiro Constituency Councillor, Cornelius Kanguatjivi, former councillor of the same constituency Brave Tjizera, van Wyk and Frans Murangi, among others.
In the other corner are Ueitele, Mokaleng, Omaheke Regional Council Chairperson Ignatius Gariseb, parliamentarian Phillipus Katamelo, and others.
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