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NAMIBIA: Cattle Herder denied bail over rapes of two minor

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A ZAMBIAN man was denied bail in the Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court on Monday on two counts of rape charges.

Mabote Mabote, a cattle herder, allegedly raped two girls aged six and seven last week Thursday at a village in the Sachona area in Zambezi region.

Mabote’s case was postponed to 18 November 2019 for further investigations.

Zambezi regional police spokesperson inspector Kisco Sitali, told The Namibian yesterday that two girls were left in the care of Mabote, while their guardians were away. The girls were playing in the courtyard when Mabote called them to his room and had sexual intercourse with them.

”The girls informed their guardian when they returned home, although the case was only opened over the weekend,” he said.

Sitali further said that they are experiencing a rise in similar cases whereby foreign cattle herders prey on young girls. He said the parents of these children trust the cattle herders so much that they leave them alone with them.

”They do not even know these people they employ, like in this case the age of the man is unknown because he does not have an identification document. They do not even know whether this person is a criminal or not in their country of origin. So we would like to advice our people to do background checks before hiring them. At least they should provide them with identity documents and register them with the traditional authorities. You hired them to look after cattle, not your children,” he said.

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