‘Traditional healer’ in court over pensioner’s death

RECOVERED … The AK-47 rifle that was used in the shooting of the deceased pensioner and his wife. Photo: Contributed

Two men arrested for the alleged murder of an 84-year-old pensioner at Mabushe village last week were yesterday denied bail after making their first court appearance at the Ndiyona Periodic Court.

The accused, Kandere Shinkanda (30), who is believed to be a grandson of the deceased, was arrested on Monday, with the assistance of the Angolan police officials after he fled to Angola last week on Friday. His co-accused Linyando Murayi (38), a self-proclaimed traditional healer, was arrested on Tuesday.

Murayi was arrested after handing himself over at the Ndiyona Police Station. Shinkanda, a resident of Mabushe village, and Murayi, a resident of Mbwata village, appeared before magistrate Selma Shiika, who denied them bail. The duo was remanded in custody until 16 January 2024 for further police investigation and for them to seek legal representation.

The two were arrested after they allegedly shot and killed Mbambi Shinkanda (84) and injured Shinkanda’s wife Annarose Kashova Mungenga (92) at the couple’s homestead at Mabushe village in Ndonga Linena, along the Trans-Zambezi Highway, last week on Monday.

An AK47 rifle used in the commission of the crime was recovered together with one full magazine and seven rounds of ammunition.

Public prosecutor Hilia Munzenze represented the state in the matter.

It is alleged that Shinkanda was shot while having supper with his wife at their homestead at Mabushe.

The Kavango East regional crime investigations coordinator, deputy commissioner Bonifatius Kanyetu, last week said the accused entered Shinkanda’s homestead, where they found him eating with his wife and shot him in his left hip.

Shinkanda fell off the chair he was sitting on and died on the spot. After that, the accused shot Mungenga in her left thigh, which resulted in her sustaining serious injuries, said Kanyetu. Mungenga was rushed to Nyangana hospital where she is receiving medical attention.

Stay informed with The Namibian – your source for credible journalism. Get in-depth reporting and opinions for only N$85 a month. Invest in journalism, invest in democracy –
Subscribe Now!

Latest News