By Risco Lumamezi
Former Chief Regional Officer (CRO) of the Caprivi Regional Council, Mr. Patrick Itwa Likando has died at the age of 66 on Tuesday.
He died with untimely death without any illness on December 28, 2021.
Late Likando was born on 5 May 1955 at Chefuzwe, some 4 kilometers away the town of Katima Mulilo. He is the second born in the family of twelve (12).
His young brother Mr. Bernard Likando confirmed his death, and funeral arrangement for his burial is underway.
He survived by his 7 children, 4 boys and 3 girls. He left behind his mother, and 11 siblings, 7 brothers and 4 sisters.
After graduating from the University of Zululand in South Africa, Mr. Likando worked as a financial clerk in the then Administration for Caprivians (Kamaiso ya Caprivi) from 1980 to August 30, 1986.
He later worked as a siLozi Radio Announcer in the then South West African Broadcasting Corporation (SWABC) from 1986 to 1991.
From 1991 to 1993, He worked in the Office of the Auditor General as an Assistant Auditor. In 1993 up to August 4, 1999 at his initial arrest on allegation of seceding Caprivi Region from Namibia He was working as the Chief Regional Officer of the then Caprivi Regional Council (CRC).
Before his arrest , He was the first Chief Regional Officer of the then Caprivi Regional Council appointed as the CRO from 1993 up to 4 August 1999 when he was arrested by the Namibian police for the allegation of seceding the Caprivi Region from the rest of Namibia.
He spent (16) years in prison since his arrest on August 4, 1999 after directive allegations that all UDP supporters and Mafwe prominent people those who were on key positions in the government should be arrested.
On September 15, 2015 the Windhoek High Court Judge Mr. Alton Hoff acquitted him with other 34 co-accused in the long Caprivi trial of treason.
In 2019 ,He also broke the silence on the long trial saying a lot of injustices went in the Caprivi when they were arrested, as most of his co-accused were dismissed from their work , on the basis of the 30-day absent rule from work because of not reporting on duty , which he questioned that how can a prisoner report on duty while being arrested by the same government.
He also asked the Namibian government to compensate him N$29 million for unlawful detention and for spending sixteen (16) years behind bars without any offence he committed.
Late Likando bemoaned the Supreme Court judgement on treason civil claim by Mr.Richwell Kulisesa Mahupelo as a setback.
He was among the 35 men who were found not guilty, and released by the High Court judge Hoff on September 15, 2015.