8 December 2010

Namibia: State House's Ainima Suspended

PRESIDENT Hifikepunye Pohamba on Monday suspended his senior aide "with immediate effect and until further notice".

Special assistant to the President Titus Ainima was shown the door after he was arrested on a charge of cattle theft in the Kavango Region.

The case involves 180 cattle stolen from the Mangetti Cattle Ranch.

Kavango Police chief Olavi Auanga was quoted in the Informanté newspaper last week as saying that 14 cattle were recovered from Ainima's farm.

Ainima and three other accused appeared in the Rundu Magistrate's Court last week Tuesday to answer to the charges.

He was released on bail of N$1 500 and the case was postponed until January 13 for investigation.

Ainima voluntarily went to Rundu on Monday last week after he heard that the Police were looking for him. He was then informed that he would be charged and appear in court on Tuesday.

The Namibian understands that Ainima had a lengthy meeting with Pohamba over the weekend where it was agreed that he would vacate his office until the case was finalised.

Presidential media advisor Mukwaita Shanyengana, yesterday confirmed the suspension and said it was indefinite, pending Police investigations.

Ainima yesterday confirmed that he was going to be suspended and said he was just waiting for the President to serve him with the suspension letter.

He was Pohamba's personal assistant when the president was minister of lands. He then followed the President to State House in 2005.

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