05 Jan 2015 16:10pm
KATIMA MULILO, 05 JAN (NAMPA) After being on the run for 40 days, Zambezi Regions most dangerous prison escapee, William Kabika Muhupulo has been rearrested.
The 27-year-old Muhupulo was arrested in Zambia as an illegal immigrant and handed over to the Namibia Police here at Katima Mulilo on 02 January 2015.
Namibian Police Regional Crime Investigation Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner, Rudolf Kanyetu, told Nampa that Muhupulo was one of the most wanted escapees during the festive season, and is considered dangerous.
Muhupulo is facing charges of housebreaking, rape, kidnaping and two counts, while another charge of unlawful escape has been added on the list.
Muhupulo escaped from Katima Mulilo Police Station on 23 November 2014.
We do not know exactly where in Zambia, Muhupulo was arrested but our police counterparts informed us of the intention to hand him over. Muhupulo is dangerous and such the arrangements to get him back into the Namibian Police custody was done with urgency, Kanyetu said.
On Monday, during his first appearance before Katima Mulilo Magistrate Karl Muyeghu, Muhupulo told the court that he escaped from police custody because he was not receiving adequate food supplies.
Muhupulo further informed the court that he wished to tender guilty plea, after which his hearing was postponed to Tuesday. He was remanded in custody under police heavy guard.
Muhupulos arrest come just days after one of the four Kongola Police Station escapees, Felix Sijukwe, was nabbed and appeared before the Katima Mulilo Magistrate Court on charges of escaping from lawful custody on 21 December 2014.
Sijukwe, 25, who was facing charges of housebreaking during his stint in police custody, has now been charged with escaping from custody, assaulting a police officer and malicious damage to property after breaking a water pipe used to set him and his accomplices free.
Sijukwe of Kanana Village here in Zambezi Region, was rearrested on 23 December.
Kanyetu confirmed that Sijukwes co-accused escapees George Mathews,25, Risco Myiwa, 32 and Given Akatama, 30 are still on the run.
Akatama is awaiting to be sentenced on the robbery charges he pleaded guilty to early in December 2014 after he and co-accused Eugene Musweu Lukatezi had stolen Euros 2 700, US dollars 500, South African Rand 1 400 and N.dollars 23 000 from a tourists vehicle parked at a lodge in the Kongola area
Mwiya facing charges of arson, while Mathew is charged with three counts of theft, robbery and housebreaking.