Namibia: Alleged Police Shooting Victim Wants Justice

A MAN from Omungwelume village in Ohangwena region who was allegedly shot by the police while riding in a taxi, says he wants justice.

Johannes Nghilundwa (28) says he was shot by a traffic officer while in a taxi from Oshakati to his house at Omungwelume on 30 April 2019.

Nghilundwa, who also wants compensation, told The Namibian that while riding in the taxi, they found a traffic vehicle parked in the road.

The police waved the taxi to stop but the driver did not stop.

Police officials allegedly chased after the taxi.

"When the taxi eventually stopped, the driver and two passengers got out and ran in different directions. I was left alone in the car. I got out when I heard gunshots.

"I did not know what was going on. One of the police officers shot me in the stomach and I fell down. While I was down, he stepped on my head and asked why the taxi did not stop when we saw the police," he said.

He added: "I could not stop the car because I was not the driver".

Nghilundwa said the police kept him lying on the ground while he lost a lot of blood.

He was later taken to Oshakati State Hospital where he was hospitalised for a week and three days.

"On 10 May I was discharged and they took me to Omungwelume police cells and the next day they took me to a nearby clinic for dressing. They then told me to go home," he said.

After two months he went to report the matter at the Ohangwena police internal investigation department at Eenhana police headquarters and he was told to report the matter at Omungwelume.

"They said after I had opened the case I had to get back to them. I did and they said I should get witnesses so I they could take the matter to court. I don't know where to get the witness as I don't know the other people in the taxi,"

According to his medical report, he had a wound in the lower abdomen and bleeding would on his penis.

He was also using a self-urethral catheter.

Nghilundwa told The Namibian that because of the shooting, he cannot work or sit straight because of a sharp pain in his back.

"I am seeking justice and want the police officer who shot me to be brought to book," he said.

Inspector Abraham from the Eenhana police confirmed yesterday that a case was reported but had not been taken to court because there are no witnesses.

The Namibian reported last month that Petrina Erastus (25) from Oikango village near Ongwediva was allegedly shot by a police officer in Omusati region in 2018.

She is now paralysed and still in hospital where she is confined to a wheelchair.

The police officer also shot his colleague who later died in hospital.

Kunene crime investigation coordinator deputy commissioner Rudolph Kanyetu confirmed the shooting but said the officer had not been arrested or discharged from the force.

"The matter is in court. It's not that he wanted to shoot them. It was a mistake. You need to look at the merit of the case... how it happened," he said.

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