12 Apr 2015 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 12 APR (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has increased the N.dollars 20 000 reward for the tracing of fugitive Lazarus Shaduka to N.dollars 100 000.
A media statement issued by NamPol's Public Relations Division on Sunday said the reward will be given to any person who comes forth with information that would lead to the arrest of Shaduka.
Shaduka was convicted of murdering his wife Selma Shaimemanya, 33 at the time, in their Klein Windhoek home on 13 July 2008.
He spent more than two years in police custody at the Windhoek Central Prison's holding cells but was released on 23 August 2010 after he paid a N.dollars 25 000 fine on the day his murder trial ended.
However, the freedom he enjoyed since his acquittal came to an end on 13 December 2012, following a successful appeal by the State in the Windhoek Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court set Shadukas earlier conviction of culpable homicide by the High Court aside, and he was formally convicted of the murder of his wife.
He was then sentenced to an immediately effective 20 years imprisonment.
Shaduka was not present in court when the judgement was delivered and allegedly fled to Angola shortly afterwards via the Oshikango Boarder Post.
In January 2013, NamPol availed a reward of N.dollars 20 000 for anyone who could provide accurate information on Shaduka's whereabouts.
The police is encouraging public members, no matter which country or state Shaduka is suspected or alleged to be in, to alert or inform the police, the statement said.
It added that the Namibian Government has good bilateral agreements and diplomatic relations with many states the world over and can easily seek his extradition.
Thus, NamPol urged all Namibians who may have families or relatives living or studying in foreign countries to share information with them and to sensitise them about the search for Shaduka and the N.dollars 100 000 reward on offer.
Anyone with information on Shaduka's whereabouts can contact Detective Inspector Zachariah Amakali, Chief Inspector Barry de Klerk or Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa.