Former Cop Arrested Again for Alleged Stock Theft

FORMER stock theft unit commander of the Namibian police in Erongo, warrant officer Desmond Kamoruao (43), was arrested in Otjimbingwe last Thursday because of his possible involvement in more stock theft cases besides pending matters stemming from 2014 on which he is out on bail.

“We are still investigating the matter. He is in custody at Karibib now. We can’t tell you more,” Erongo crime investigation coordinator deputy commissioner Otillie Kashuupulwa told The Namibian on Friday.

Kamoruao was already arrested last year over his alleged links to a stock theft syndicate terrorising farmers in the Karibib district. He was released on bail. According to Kashuupulwa, current investigations will reveal whether the latest allegations are linked to the former charges.

Last year The Namibian reported that Kamoruao resigned from the police force on 31 December 2013 after working in Karibib for several years.

The discovery of suspected stolen cattle by police on Farm Daheim, owned by prominent businessman Freddy Herzberg, resulted in the bust of an alleged cattle rustle syndicate and the uncovering of Kamoruao’s ‘business’ in selling livestock carcasses to butcheries operating in Karibib and Usakos since July 2013 to the value of about N$117 000.

Herzberg, apparently out of goodwill, permitted Kamoruao to farm on a portion of Daheim for free, thinking that it was beneficial to have a police presence on the farm.

Four other suspects were linked to the syndicate and arrested on charges of stock theft. They are brothers Erasmus and Hewarth Katombo, Tomo Uatjitua and Uarupi Tjkotoke. Kamoruao appeared alongside them but was released on bail. It is expected that he will appear in the Karibib Magistrate’s Court this week and that the latest matter may be added to the previous charges.

Source : The Namibian