Villagers Disown Murder Accused

ANGRY villagers from Afoti and Onakapya in the Uuvudhiya constituency of the Oshana Region gathered outside the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court yesterday to oppose the granting of bail to murder suspect Simon Paulus Kafula.

Kafula is accused of raping and assaulting an elderly woman on 19 August 2010. He also allegedly robbed his victim, who is now permanently disabled, of about N$2 000 which she kept in a box.

On 6 February last year, Kafula allegedly stabbed Sem Johannes Kalola to death at Onakapya cuca shops. He is also accused of stealing livestock and other valuables at the two villages.

The villagers, who accused Kafula of wreaking havoc in the two villages, demanded that he should not be granted bail or legal representation.

“If Kafula is granted bail, we will take the law into our own hands and we will kill him as he killed other people. He has even written down names of people he plans to kill once he is out of jail,” the villagers charged.

The headman of Afoti village, Kornelius Lukas, also demanded that Kafula should not be released on bail.

“If they grant Kafula bail, he should not come to my village, they will have to see where to keep him until he is prosecuted,” said Lukas.

The late Kalola’s sister, Lovisa Kalola, told The Namibian that her brother was killed for no apparent reason.

She said he was a friendly and peace-loving person who never caused any harm to people of the village.

“My brother was killed for nothing and that makes us to feel very aggrieved and we are still mourning his death. His two children were left with no one to support them because their mother is ill. We really do not want him granted bail,” said Kalola.

She added that she is now taking care of her late brother’s children.

Kafula appeared before Magistrate Bongani Ndlovu in the Oshakati Regional Court yesterday.

His case in connection with the murder of Kalola was postponed to 15 April. The magistrate ordered that he should be remanded in police custody in the meantime.

Source : The Namibian