Valombola’s murder trial starts in High Court

OSHAKATI: The murder trial of a northern businessperson, Maurus Valombola from the Okeeke village of the Omusati Region, started in the High Court here on Monday.

The trial will continue until 29 May because the court has to call more than 20 witnesses to testify.

Advocate Lucius Matota for the State told Nampa Tuesday that five of the witnesses are expected to testify during the course of this week.

Valombola, 57, remains behind bars since his arrest on 08 February 2013.

He handed himself to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s satellite station at Ogongo, also in the Omusati Region, after learning that the police wanted him in connection with the death of 32-year-old Bernhard Kalimbo.

Reports have it that Kalimbo died in the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital as a result of injuries he sustained after Valombola allegedly assaulted and bumped him with a vehicle on the night between 07 and 08 February 2013 in the Okeeke area of the Anamulenge Constituency.

This followed a squabble between the two. The quarrel is said to have started at Valombola’s business place in the same village and continued to the nearby bushes.

Valombola is accused of severely injuring Kalimbo and leaving him unconscious in the bush.

Kalimbo was found by passers-by, who called the police.

The police rushed Kalimbo to the Oshikuku Roman Catholic Mission Hospital, from where he was transferred to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital where he passed away on 08 February 2013.

A number of community members from Okeeke and surrounding villages protested during Valombola’s first court appearance at Outapi on 11 February 2013.

Judge Herman Januarie is presiding over the case, while Pieter Greyling of the local law firm Jan Greyling and Associates is appearing as Valombola’s defence lawyer.