4 February 2013

Namibia: Shaduka Still On the Run

Windhoek — There is still no trace of businessman Lazarus Shaduka (39) who is suspected to have bolted to Angola on December 13, 2012 after the Supreme Court sentenced him to 20 years in prison for murder.

Namibian Police Inspector Pretunilla Kauna Shikwambi, who is the head of media relations, yesterday said Shaduka was still on the run.

Shikwambi said information indicates the fugitive businessman is still in Angola.

However she assured law-abiding Namibian citizens, "We will get Shaduka."

Shaduka apparently fled into Angola in December where he is believed to have relatives after the Supreme Court sentenced him to 20 years in prison for the murder of his wife.

Early last month the Namibian police announced a reward of N$20 000 for any solid information leading to the arrest of the fugitive businessman.

Police also warned would-be informants to stop giving "false and misleading information" about Shaduka's whereabouts in an attempt to get their hands on the N$20 000.

Anyone with information about Shaduka's whereabouts is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Amakali on 081 249 9692, or Chief

Inspector Barry de Klerk on 0811 290054, or Khomas Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa on 081 338 5358.

Shaduka was convicted of murdering his wife Selma Shaimemanya (33) in their Klein Windhoek home on July 13, 2008. He however, spent more than two years in custody, but was released on August 23, 2010 after he was found guilty of culpable homicide and fined N$25 000, which he paid the day his trial ended.

The State successfully appealed his case in the Supreme Court on December 13, the same day Shaduka fled the country. The Supreme Court set Shaduka's earlier conviction of culpable homicide by the High Court aside, and he was formally convicted of murdering Shaimemanya.

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