By Simon Liseli
Three men of Impalila Island are facing charges of murdering a physically challenged person, the trio appeared before the Katima Mulilo district court magistrate Mr. Vincent Nzaca on May 19, 2017 charged with murder and the case was remanded to October 28, 2017 for further police investigations.
The accused John Musole Mununga 45, a Namibian national and Immanuel Mukubesa 22, Zambian citizen of Silumbu village at Impalila island face charges of murder, failing to report an accident, failing to render assistance to injured person, driving without a license caped in possession and defeating the course of justice.
The duo were arrested on March 26, 2017 at Impalila and made their first appearance on 28 March 2017.
Whilst Albert Mahela aged 45 of Mujwekule village, Impalila island the third accused was arrested on April 4, 2017 and made his first appearance on April5, 2017 before the district court magistrate facing a charge of assisting the co – accused Mununga to drive the vehicle without a license.
However, March 31, 2017 residents of Impalila Island staged a peaceful demonstration demanding justice not to release the accused persons for hitting Mr.Shatiya Mashole (deceased) and disabled man and pulled him in nearby bushes where they allegedly finally murdered him. This incident happened on March 21, 2017 Namibia’s Independence day at around 19H00.
The case was reported to Impalila police station after the family discovered deceased’s body leading to the arrest of accused men.
According to a letter that was handed over to Impalila police station Chief Inspector Nicolas Veldskoen stated that an innocent disabled deceased was hit with a Toyota pick-up and Mununga with the help of his herd boy Mukubesa murdered him in nearby bushes.
Accused persons are denied bail and remain in police custody and both chose to conduct their own defence while Mr. Haradoeb Steven is representing the state and Mr. Caster Shwena is interpreting the matter.