Windhoek — The chairman of the Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board, Kelly Nghixulifa, became the latest crime statistic when he was shot and stabbed on Saturday night.
Nghixulifa was on his way home on Saturday night after an evening out with friends when he stopped to relieve himself. As he got back into his vehicle three men approached him and one of them knocked on the window of his car. When he opened the door to find out what they wanted from him one of the men produced a firearm and demanded he hand over all his valuables.
But Nghixulifa put up a fight and one of the assailants managed to stab him in the arm and in the ensuing commotion he was shot in the left hip. The assailants then robbed him of his cellphones, Ipad, Iphone, notebook, wallet and his car keys. It is not known at this stage how much cash the robbers got away with.
Nghixulifa is currently in a stable condition in the Medi City Clinic and police investigations continue. No arrests have been made as yet in the case.
In other news, more than two people will appear in the Katutura Magistrate's Court in connection with the burnt out taxi that was found near Otjomuise late last year.
Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa told New Era that they made a breakthrough in the case and that one or more suspects will appear in court today. He could however not divulge any names, but assured New Era that they are hot on the heels of more suspects.
The body of 31-year-old IUM student, Eliakim Kandali Inane, was found near the burnt-out taxi that apparently belonged to a cousin of his. Inane was asked to drive the taxi for the day.
Earlier reports indicated Inane was killed in a gruesome manner as preliminary evidence suggested that he was stoned to death and then set alight, with other signs indicating that his neck and ears were cut with a blade that was found at the scene.
Several bloodstained rocks were also found at the scene, including signs that he was dragged through the grass for several metres.
There is still no trace of fugitive businessman, Lazarus Shaduka, but police are following up various leads, Nghishidimbwa told New Era yesterday. He said that while they still believe that Shaduka is not in Namibia, people with information are still welcome to come forward. The police are offering a reward of N$20 000 for any information leading to the arrest of Shaduka.
Shaduka was convicted of murder by the Supreme Court after a successful appeal by the State against his culpable homicide conviction and N$25 000 fine by Judge Kato van Niekerk in the Windhoek High Court on August 23, 2011 for the death of his wife.
Judges of Appeal, Sylvester Mainga, who wrote the judgment, Justice Gerhard Maritz who read the judgment and Chief Justice Peter Shivute found Shaduka guilty of murdering his wife Selma Shaimemanya, in life the personal assistant of the Minister of Defence, at their home at No. 8, BC Barnes Street, Eros suburb in Windhoek on the evening of Sunday, July 13, 2008.
Shaimemanya died as a result of a gunshot wound to the back of her neck, with the projectile severely damaging her internal organs. Shaduka who was free after he paid the fine crossed into Angola via the Oshikango border post just minutes after the ruling of the Supreme Court justices.