Cop arrested for shooting colleague and civilian granted bail

A 31-year-old police officer who was arrested in July for allegedly shooting two people at Kairaira village in the Kavango West Region was granted bail after making his third court appearance in the Rundu Magistrate' s Court on Thursday.

The accused, Elifas Kandjimi Munango, was arrested for allegedly shooting and injuring a police officer and a civilian at Nakazaza Combined School at Kairaira village in the Kavango West Region in July this year.

In his first appearance, Munango appeared before Magistrate Barry Mufana on 22 July 2019, who remanded him in custody due to the seriousness of the offense in which the matter was postponed to 01 August 2019 for further investigations and for him to obtain legal representation.

During his second court appearance in August, Munango appeared before Magistrate Barry Mufana again in which the state refused to grant him bail citing the same reasons noting that the victims were still in the hospital and it would not be in the best interest of justice to grant him bail.

In his third appearance before Magistrate Barry Mufana, the accused was asked to present the court with his defense counsel in which he told the court that he needed more time to gather funds for him to obtain a lawyer to defend him.

The accused indicated that he wanted to be released on bail because he is a sole breadwinner for his family since his wife is unemployed and has to provide for her and their three minor children adding that he also takes care of his parents who are both disabled.

Representing the state into the matter, Public Prosecutor, Variety Matamata said in the previous hearing, the case was postponed for further investigation as well as for the accused to obtain legal representation noting that there is still a photo plan and firearm that need to be sent for ballistic results.

However, Matamata indicated that the state does not object bail and the accused can be granted a bail amount of N.dollars 9000 in which the accused indicated that he could only afford bail of N.dollars 3000 and was asked to pay a bail amount of N.dollars 4000.The case was postponed to 27 November 2019.

Source: Namibia Press Agency