members of the Namibia Protection Services (NPS) did exactly the opposite of their job description after stealing from street vendors according to two women.
The women, Siswaniso Nora, 24 and Fernanda Eduardo, 21, who hail from the Caprivi and Kavango Regions respectively, stood in tears at the Windhoek Central Police Station attempting to lay charges against the shrewd guards.
“ At first, we used to sell our goods at the Shoprite taxi rank till the City Police chased us from the place, then we relocated to the front of the Ministry of Finance office building.
“One day after a long day while we were packing our stuff to leave, one of the guards told us that we did not need to go home with our goods as he knew a safe place around the premises where we could keep them till the following day,” said Fernanda.
The security guard, Theophilus Ambondo, Fernanda said, led them to a corner at the back of the building where he helped store their goods.
According to the women, the goods were bananas, three boxes of peaches, one bag of apples, two bags of 10 kgs of onions, tomatoes and potatoes.
“Their supervisor told us that he found a lot of banana peels in the reception office occupied by the securities,” Siswaniso said. The two women said their attempt to get help from management of the security company did not help, as they were only referred to the police.
Ambondo has denied stealing from the women, claiming that he only tried to help them.
“Yes, I helped them store the goods but I have no idea who stole the stuff, because I knocked off at six. It could be the night shift squad who did it,” Ambondo said.
His supervisor admitted telling the women that he’d found a lot of banana peels in the guards’ office but claimed that the women stored their merchandise at the premises at their own risk.
“It’s hard to establish that the peels were really from their bananas. We have advised them to open a case if they strongly believe and can prove that our members stole their stuff. As far as I know, the goods were stored there at their own risk,” said the staff supervisor, Joshua Hifindwako.
The women were, however, reluctant to lay charges for fear that they would completely lose out on their goods. Instead, the women want to be compensated by the security company.
“We have nothing left. We want them to pay for this so we can be able to start over again. We have kids and that was our livelihood taken just like that,” said Fernanda amidst torrents of tears.