BEFORE crossing the border into Angola, fugitive businessman Lazarus Shaduka (39) withdrew "a substantial amount of money".
Confirming this yesterday, police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi said that Shaduka made the withdrawal at Oshikango on December 13.
Kanguatjivi said he could not confirm that it was N$200 000 that Shaduka had withdrawn.
On Sunday, Kanguatjivi announced that the police are offering a reward of N$20 000.
It is understood that the police are following up leads received in connection with the reward offered.
The reward was offered after there has been no trace of the businessman - wanted to serve a 20-year prison term for murdering his wife - since he slipped into Angola on December 13. Kanguatjivi called on anyone with information about Shaduka's whereabouts to contact Detective Inspector Zachariah Amakali at 081 249 9692 or Detective Chief Inspector Barry de Klerk at 081 129 0054 or Deputy Commissioner Silvanus Nghishidimbwa at 081 338 5358. Kanguatjivi said Shaduka "must be a man and hand himself over - that's my message to him". Following an appeal by the State, the Supreme Court changed Shaduka's conviction on a charge of culpable homicide to that of murder. A one-year prison term, or a fine of N$25 000, which Shaduka received at the end of his trial in the High Court in Windhoek on August 30 2010, was also replaced by the Supreme Court with a 20-year prison term.
Shaduka was convicted of murdering his wife, Selma Shaimemanya (33), in the couple's home in Klein Windhoek on July 13 2008. Shaimemanya died from a single gunshot to her upper back. He was arrested on the night of his wife's death, and spent more than two years in custody before he was released after he had paid the N$25 000 fine on the day his trial ended. A warrant of detention which was issued at the Supreme Court following the delivery of the appeal judgement was supposed to spell the end of the more than two years and three months that Shaduka had been free following the end of his trial.