Shooting of suspected poacher angers Okakarara residents

23 December 2020 | Crime

NAMPA

OKAKARARA



Nearly 100 residents of Okakarara on Monday staged a peaceful demonstration against the shooting of a 27-year-old man who was suspected to have been a poacher at Farm Hamakari on 30 November 2020.

The deceased was identified as Claudius Hameva from Okakarara's Ukuvas village.

The police spokesperson in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha, told Nampa that Hameva was shot in the chest with a shotgun.

Mbeha said the incident occurred at Farm Hamakari, a private game farm situated near Okakarara.

Preliminary police investigations indicate that Hameva and three other suspects travelled from Okakarara and entered the farm with trained hunting dogs, spears and knives with the intention to hunt wild animals.

“A security guard on patrol allegedly saw the four men from a distance and ordered them to leave the farm, which sparked a confrontation and exchange of words,” Mbeha said. During the confrontation the security guard fired a shot in their direction and hit Hameva in the chest, Mbehasaid.

Hameva died on the spot, while the three other men fled.

The 30-year-old security guard, Christof Nanyemba, was arrested and posted bail of N$2 000 on 2 December 2020 at Otjiwarongo.

His case was postponed to 8 April 2021.



Demands

Residents of Okakarara on Monday expressed their unhappiness with the shooting to Otjozondjupa Governor James Uerikua and demanded the arrest of the farm owner.

“Proper investigations into the circumstances of the murder must be launched by an independent, uncompromised and competent detective since the firearm that was used and its ammunition were all given to the guard by the farm owner,” stated the residents.

The community members also demanded a review of the bail that was granted to Nanyemba and said they want the Hameva family to receive counselling for them to cope with the trauma they are going through.

They demanded a written report from the governor's office by 30 January 2021.

Uerikua promised to attend to their demands and report back in due course.

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