14 January 2013

Namibia: Farmers' Union Condemns Killing of Community Cop

THE Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU) has condemned the killing of community police member Hijambepo 'Major' Kazeurua, who burned to death at Aminuis recently.

Kazeurua was last seen alive on December 24 last year, and his charred body was found buried in an aardvark burrow at the farm Brazil in the Kalahari Constituency.

NNFU secretary Elia Kandjii said NNFU, being a voice of communal farmers and a member of the National Stock Theft Committee, have always applauded and supported the voluntary service rendered by Kazeurua in curbing stock theft and guarding the lives of fellow communal farmers.

The late community officer was reportedly summoned to a commercial farm in the Kalahari Constituency to investigate a case of stock theft after 21 head of cattle went missing from the farm.

Police suspect that Kazeurua, who farmed in the Aminuis area, was bludgeoned to death before being bundled into the narrow burrow, as he was found with a deep stab wound at the back of his head.

"The NNFU learned with shock and dismay the sudden vicious killing and humiliation of a human body by individuals with murky minds who wish to open doors for massive prowling of farmers' livestock," Kandjii said in a statement yesterday.

Nampa this week reported that sources close to the family believe that Kazeurua might have been on the edge of a breakthrough in the stock theft case he was investigating, which could have led to the suspected cattle rustlers turning on him.

Kazeurua was widely respected for his investigation and interrogation skills in stock theft cases, and has over the years succeeded in bringing many cattle rustlers to book.

Kandjii appealed to community members to support the Namibian Police.

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