11 September 2012

Namibia: Two in Hot Soup Over Food

Oshakati — Two men were caught red-handed on Tuesday while offloading food from a truck assigned to deliver food to government schools.

The men whose names cannot be revealed until they have appeared in court, were arrested after members of the public alerted police about suspicious activities that were taking place at Ekamba village along the Oshakati-Okahao Road.

Among the recovered items were four boxes containing cooking oil, 10 boxes of chicken, eight boxes of fish, one bag of onions, one box of polony, three boxes of sugar and one bag of maize meal. The value of the food has not yet been determined.

According to Oshana Police Regional Commander Commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa the driver of the truck that belongs to Atlantic Food Services, confirmed that they were illegally loading the food into a private vehicle. Atlantic Food Services is contracted by the Ministry of Education to deliver food to government schools.

"We understand that the stolen food was meant for a certain lady. But we cannot implicate her yet or the two other passengers in the truck, but our investigations are still continuing," he explained. Reliable sources told New Era that the woman in question (who was also present at the police station) is the wife of the truck driver. She and one of the suspects allegedly owned a stall at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair.

Kashihakumwa could not confirm whether the suspects were business people or not. The suspects are expected to appear in the Oshakati Magistrate's Court today on charges of theft.

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