12 February 2013

Namibia: Boxing Chief Robbed, Wounded

THE president of the Namibia Boxing Federation, Kelly Nghixulifwa, is recuperating in Windhoek's Medi-Clinic after being shot during an armed robbery in Windhoek on Saturday.

Nghixulifwa was attacked by three unknown armed assailants at an intersection in the northern industrial area just before midnight while driving home from a social gathering in Eros.

Police Deputy Commissioner Silvanus Nghishidimbwa confirmed the incident yesterday. He added that no arrests had been made yet.

According to the victim's close associate and Katutura Central Constituency councillor Ambrosius Kandjii, the perpetrators held Nghixulifwa, who was alone, at gunpoint and ordered him to leave his car.

A scuffle ensued after one of the suspects tried to search Nghixulifwa as he exited the vehicle, which resulted in another gang member discharging his firearm and shooting Nghixulifwa in the hip.

The suspects fled on foot after ransacking the vehicle, taking with them an unspecified amount of cash, a mobile phone, laptop computer and other small items.

"He's very stable. He can talk and move around. The doctor said he can be discharged maybe by tomorrow [today]," Kandjii said.

"At the moment I can't really say much more because of the investigation. The case is now with the police's Serious Crime Unit. A case of armed robbery and attempted murder has been opened," said Kandjii.

Nghixulifwa is a former chief executive of the Roads Contractor Company.

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