10 January 2013

Namibia: Police Calls for Honesty in Tips On Shaduka

THE Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has urged Namibians to be honest when giving information on the whereabouts of 39-year-old fugitive businessman Lazarus Shaduka.

Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi told Nampa yesterday that people should refrain from giving wild information in an attempt to get their hands on the reward amount of N$20 000 reward.

"The Namibian Police investigators are well-trained professionals who know how to verify any information given to them. When our investigators get information, they first verify before they act. Once an arrest is made, the reward will be given to the person who provided the accurate information," he said.

The deputy commissioner further called on Namibians to participate in the tracing of Shaduka, stressing that the person who gives the information that leads to his arrest will be rewarded by NamPol as promised.

On Sunday, Nampol announced a reward of N$20 000 to anyone giving information leading to Shaduka's arrest.

The businessman is suspected to have fled the country into Angola on December 13 2012.

Shaduka apparently fled the country shortly after the Supreme Court sentenced him to 20 years in prison for the murder of his wife.

He was convicted of murdering his wife Selma Shaimemanya, 33 years old at the time of death, in their Klein Windhoek home on July 13 2008.

He spent more than two years in custody, but was released on August 23 2010 after he paid a fine of N$25 000 fine on the day his trial ended.

However, the freedom he enjoyed since his acquittal came to an end following a successful appeal by the State in the Supreme Court.

The businessman's earlier conviction of culpable homicide by the High Court was set aside by the Supreme Court, and he was formally convicted of the murder of Selma Shaimemanya.

Shaduka was not present in the Supreme Court when the court's judgement was delivered, and he has been on the run since.


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