Chinese Businessman Killed During Robbery

A Chinese businessman was attacked and killed in his home at Rainbow Village in Rundu , after a gang of armed robbers entered his house through the bathroom window. The crime is estimated to have taken place between 18h00 and 23h00 on Tuesday night.

Police only detected the corpse on Wednesday. It is suspected the robbers forcibly entered the Chinese man’s home through the bathroom window after cutting the burglar bars, according to Detective Chief Inspector Chrispin Mubebo.

“They cut the burglar bars with an unknown object and gained entrance and robbed the deceased after beating him and tying him up with Sellotape around both his legs and arms. The deceased died on the spot,” Mubebo said.

Kavango East Governor, Dr Samuel Mbambo, was saddened by the news and expressed his shock.

“This is bad because it scares and discourages investors to our town as well as in the entire region,” Mbambo said. He urged the police to prioritise the investigation so that the perpetrators face the full wrath of the law.

“Let us be each other’s brothers and sisters, don’t think because it happened to the other person then it won’t happen to you. Let us be good neighbours,” said the regional governor who appealed to members of the public to assist the police.

Governor Mbambo added that if people see something strange at their neighbour’s house they should report such incidents immediately to the police for prompt action.

In recent months several Chinese businesspeople have been attacked and robbed of large amounts of money. The police have previously urged Chinese businesspeople not to keep large amounts of money at home as this exposes them to armed robbers and attacks.

Police confirmed the deceased was alone in the house at the time of the attack as his wife and child had travelled to China.

The deceased was identified as 57-year-old Chinese businessman, Gao Li, who was the sole owner of Panda shop in Rundu.

The murder left several Chinese businesspeople traumatised and terrified.

Rundu has previously experienced attacks targeting businesspeople. In January this year the manager of a popular Portuguese takeaway and his wife were tied up and robbed of N$400 000 allegedly by a gang of eight who entered the takeaway shortly before closing time.

A Chinese shop at Shitemo village in Kavango East was robbed by three unidentified men on Tuesday this week and they took items amounting to N$32 400.

The suspects who are still at large got away with N$10 000 cash, a Samsung laptop valued at N$11 000, recharge vouchers valued at N$9 000 and eight cellphones valued at N$2 400.

According to the police the incident took place just before the shop was about to close at 16h30 and the three unknown robbers pretended to be customers and closed the door and started looting.

“We have arrested one person who transported them from Shitemo village where the crime was committed and he told us that he only gave them a lift to Rundu,” said Chief Inspector !Nawaseb of the Namibian Police in Kavango East.

He appealed to the public to come forward with information on the incidents.

“They should call the police station and alert us, these robbers should be brought to book.We are busy with our investigations and we are confident that we will catch these criminals,” he stated confidently.

Source : New Era

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