11 February 2019

Namibia: City Shooting Victim Out of ICU

CITY shooting victim Ester Nepolo has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit at the Lady Pohamba Private Hospital, where she is receiving treatment.

The health ministry's executive director Ben Nangombe confirmed this yesterday.

Nepolo was shot two weeks ago by a colleague, Simataa Simasiku, at the Global Fund offices in Windhoek, where they worked.

Simasiku, who appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court where his case was postponed to 1 March 2019, shot Sarah Mwilima to death, while Nepolo was shot in the chest, causing her to undergo surgery and fight for her life in the ICU.

Mwilima was buried last week Tuesday outside Katima Mulilo.

The Namibian had reported that this could have had something to do with Simasiku's work contract which was allegedly coming to an end.

At the Global Fund, which falls under the ministry of health, Mwilima served as the management unit director, while Nepolo worked in the monitoring and evaluation department.

Simasiku worked as a monitoring and evaluation officer.

The executive director of the Namibia Network of AIDS Service Organisations, Sandi Tjaronda, said the colleagues at Global Fund are receiving counselling.

He added that things would return to normal hopefully by next week, especially since the burial took place and Nepolo is recovering well. He knew the victims of the shooting well.

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