Ithana wants closure parents' death

Swapo Party Secretary General who is also the Minister of Justice Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana has fingered retired NamPol Commissioner Haulyo Ndjaba as one of the people with knowledge of her late parents’ disappearance.

Speaking exclusively in the August edition of the Prime Focus magazine, Ithana said although her parents were murdered by the colonial forces, Ndjaba should have the final answer.

“As a family we looked for answers and invested heavily on what happened to our parents. We hired the late Judge Johannes Paulus Karuaihe to trace and investigate the matter. 

“He pursued the matter and found the man who had the answer somewhere around the farms of Karibib and Usakos,” said Ithana.

According to her, the man was picked up by police and taken to Oshakati Police Station. 

“This man was of Oshiwambo speaking and originally from our surroundings but had changed his name and identity to that of a Damara,” said Ithana.

The Minister alleges that after three days of questioning at Oshakati Police Station, the man was released and barely a week later, he committed suicide.

“I am made to understand that Commissioner Ndjaba was in charge of that area during the time of the investigation. He should have the answer to what this man said about my parents. All I know is that it they were put in a shallow mass grave and their bodies were burnt somewhere between Oshakati and Oniimwandi.  

“Some people have tried to bring division between myself and fellow Swapo Party members by alleging that the Swapo Party took my parents and buried them in Angola. That is a lie because Plan fighters did not have trucks to load bodies but walked on foot into Angola,” said Ithana in the Prime Focus Magazine interview.

She said Ndjaba did not inform the family of the reasons why the suspect committed suicide shortly after being released or what the suspect said.

Although she did not mention the time of the investigation, the Minister hinted that everything happened before the late Karuaihe was made a judge, which was around 1998.

But contact for comment, Ndjaba denied any knowledge of the case adding that as a commissioner he was not involved in the investigation process.

“I cannot remember such a case. As a police commissioner I was only responsible for being in charge of the overall police operations in the region. If there is such a case, you must follow it up with people who investigated it. You must go to the police headquarters in Windhoek and ask for the case docket. I am not aware of it,” said Ndjaba.

He added that he is retired and often stays at his cattle post and does not have time to follow up the case. 

He, however, referred The Villager to the Deputy Inspector General of the NamPol Major General Vilho Nghifindaka who, according to him, was the Regional Crime Coordinator of Oshana.

Nghifindaka, however, said he was not aware of the case and referred The Villager to Commissioner Ekandjo or Deputy Inspector General Major General James Tjivikua who said he cannot comment on the case without the approval of the NamPol Inspector Major General Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga.

“I cannot give you anything without the approval of the Inspector General and I had no connection with that case. Double check when I joined the force,” said Tjivikua.