Ndeitunga petitioned over ‘mysterious’ Kapako killings

A group of youths believe shebeen owners in the Mukwe area are the masterminds behind mysterious killings, and want those establishments closed pending the outcome of an investigation.

06 July 2021 | Police

Kenya Kambowe







Mukwe

Last Thursday, the youth of Mukwe and surrounding villages in the Kavango East Region petitioned police chief, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, over mysterious killings in their communities and gave the police 15 days to respond to their demands – or they will take the law into their own hands.

This is contained in the petition from the youth to Ndeitunga, which was relayed through the office of Mukwe Constituency councillior, Damian Maghambayi, in which they want Ndeitunga bring justice for innocent lives being lost in mysterious ways at Kapako and nearby villages.

It is reported that over the years 18 people have allegedly mysteriously died in the constituency.

This recent turmoil follows the discovery of the body of 22-year-old Mukuve Ryan Frederick Kanyanga, a student at the University of Namibia’s Rundu campus, who went missing on 18 June. His body was found floating on the Okavango River at Kapako village on 25 June.

“We are not animals who can be slaughtered in that way without any suspects or arresting the culprits. We do not feel free in our own community, we are not safe in our community and we are dying with no trace as if we are not human beings. Where is our government? “Why are our leaders not doing anything [about these] barbaric killings? Do they hear our cry? We need to be protected!

“We are no longer tolerating these type of behaviours in our communities and leaving them unchallenged. We are tired of this evil and we do not have to live this way,” the group said.

Demands

The group believe shebeen owners in the area are the masterminds behind the mysterious killings, and want those establishments closed pending the outcome of an investigation.

Their other demands include: “The outcome of the previous investigations from police officers; the removal of the serial killer from the area after the evidence is obtained; members of our steering committee to be included in the investigating process, and to avail a new investigation team from another region as the police in Mukwe have been failing us in the past cases.”

When contacted for comment, Ndeitunga yesterday said he is yet to receive the petition; however, the police will investigate any matter brought to their attention.

“We will respond but the issue is that if they have sufficient evidence to accuse someone, they should just work with the police and investigate those allegations that they are making against any other person or business,” he said.

“Suspicion does not mean concrete evidence, but if they have suspicion that there is someone in the surrounding involved in that mysterious death to that particular individual, we will welcome that kind of information and based on that information, we will conduct investigations.”

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