By Dominic Sikopo
Special Advisor to the Minister of Lands and Resettlement who appeared(in absentia) in court for rape charges on November 21, had his case posponed to the 25th of February 2014 for further investigations.
Mr. Vincent Likoro was arrested and charged with rape on July 7, 2013 while he was on duty with the Minister of Lands and Resettlement Hon. Alfred !Naruseb in Katima Mulilo.
Mr. Likoro who was appointed by President Hifikepunye Pohamba in April this year to become the Special Advisor to the Lands and Resettlement Minister, has been out on bail of N$2000.This also prompted President Pohamba to suspend Mr. Likoro over the charges of rape.
The victim in the case who works for the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement in the Kavango Region, accused Mr.Likoro of raping her during the official visit to Zambezi Region.
The alleged sexual crime is believed to have happened at Camp Kwandu, on the outskirts of Katima Mulilo, where the Lands Ministers’s delegation was booked in.
Mr. Likoro was part of that delegation which was on an official visit to consult Traditional Authorities on land matters.
It is alleged that Likoro who was the SWAPO Coodinator for the then Kavango Region before being appointed as a Special Advisor had sexual intercourse with the woman in her room on a Saturday night.
According to the statement the woman gave to the police, the sexual act was performed without her consent.
The woman states that after they had dinner, Likoro remained behind and it was during that time when he allegedly started making sexual advances towards her.
He allegedly joined the woman in her room after which the two started kissing each other.
The woman claims Likoro took advantage of the moment when he allegedly started having sex with her without her consent.
He had made another court appearance on August 19, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges, he still remains out on bail as his case was returned back from the Prosecutor General in Windhoek pending further investigations..
The state was represented by the public prosecutor Mr. Roger Sibungo of the Katima Mulilo District Court.