Cops hit wall in hunt for Cheryl's killer

30 January 2019 | Crime

Khomas crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Abner Agas, says the police are not making progress in the hunt for Cheryl Avihe Ujaha's killer or killers.

“We are still busy with that investigation. We have not made any progress yet; we haven't arrested anyone. There is also no suspect,” he said.

Agas added they are waiting for people to come forward with information.

“So the reward of N$100 000 is still there; that is what we are looking at right now,” he said.

Cheryl would have turned 10 on Monday.

The discovery of her dismembered body in Katutura in August last year led to a massive public outcry, including for the return of the death penalty, in a country grappling with increasing incidents of shocking violence against women and children.

Scores of mourners, including first lady Monica Geingos and former president Hifikepunye Pohamba attended her funeral.

Her family told Namibian Sun yesterday they remain hopeful that her killer or killers will hand themselves over to the police or be caught.

Her aunt, Batseba Kaimu, said her murder remains very sensitive to talk about, as they lost a loved one in a tragic manner.

“It was her birthday yesterday (on Monday) and we are still mourning. It was a bad day; we want to know who is responsible, but there is no information forthcoming. We want the person responsible to come forth, but until they do we can only wait for the police to find them,” said Kaimu.

Cheryl's gruesome abduction and murder ripped Namibian hearts to shreds, and many continue to vent their anger.

In early September last year, hundreds of Katutura residents gathered at her family home for a march to the place where her dismembered body was found by passer-by.

The mourners were joined by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. Cheryl was laid to rest later that day at the Gammams Cemetery.

JUNE SHIMOUSHILI

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