New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Suspect in Kazeurua Death Appears in Court

Gobabis — A 28-year-old-man, one Mathew Kakurarume, has confessed to the murder of prominent member of the Aminuis Anti-Stock Theft Unit, Hiambepo 'Major' Kazeurua.

Kakurarume made the confession before Magistrate Alweendo Venatius following his arrest last week Saturday in Windhoek.

Kakururume appeared in the Gobabis Magistrate's Court on Monday in connection with the murder.

The police declined to divulge further details pertaining to Kakurarume's arrest, although a prosecutor in the Gobabis Magistrate's Court confirmed he was arrested on January 12 in Windhoek.

The accused was not asked to plead. He was also refused bail. Josephat Abel, the Omaheke police regional commander, told New Era that another two suspects will appear in the Gobabis Magistrate's Court today on the same charges. "I cannot divulge any more details at present, because it might alert the other suspects. But we are hot on their heels," Abel said.

The State argued that granting Kakurarume bail would not be in the interest of both the accused and the public since Kazeurua's murder has received wide condemnation from far and wide. State prosecutor Charmaine Burger said that releasing the suspect on bail could jeopardize his safety.

The accused indicated that he would apply for legal aid. Kakurarume, who was employed on the farm where the cattle went missing, was remanded in custody as a result and will return to court on March 08, 2013. The case was then postponed for further investigation.

Meanwhile, all 15 head of cattle reported missing by Hadley Mwashekeleh who conducts his farming at Farm Rembrandt in the Shaka area of the Kalahari Constituency, have been recovered by the police and returned to the owner.

Mwashekeleh, in a brief interview with Nampa on Monday, thanked the police for a job well done in making the arrest and recovering the livestock. "I am truly grateful to the Namibian Police in Omaheke and wholeheartedly thank Commissioner (Josephat) Abel, his entire team and the general community for a job well done," he said. Kazeurua was buried on Saturday at the newly declared holy shrine of the OvaHerero at the historical village of Toasis in the Aminuis Constituency. His partly burned body was found buried in an aardvark burrow on January 07 after he was reported missing a few days earlier.

The deceased was on a trail of stolen cattle when he was murdered. Kazeurua is widely revered for his investigative and interrogation skills in stock theft cases, and had over the years succeeded in bringing many cattle rustlers to book. Sources close to the family believe that Kazeurua might have been on the verge of a breakthrough in the stock theft case he was investigating, which could have led to the suspected cattle rustlers fatally turning on him.

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