Construction manager arrested for shooting soldier

22 Apr 2015 17:10pm
KATIMA MULILO, 22 APR (NAMPA) – A 38-year-old construction manager in the Zambezi Region was on Monday evening arrested for allegedly shooting a Namibian Defence Force (NDF) soldier during a brawl at a shebeen.
The manager identified as Leonard Hauwanga, who hails from Engela in Ohangwena Region, made his first appearance before Magistrate Nomsa Sibanda on Wednesday on charges of attempted murder.
According to police records, Hauwanga allegedly used his company-registered pistol to shoot 26-year-old Johannes Njiba on his lower back following a bar brawl at the Dairy Compound.
It is alleged that the quarrel broke out after Njiba and his friends demanded that Hauwanga and an unidentified companion not smoke inside the shebeen, as it is prohibited by law to smoke in public spaces.
Hauwanga and Njiba then got into a violent fistfight but were later separated by their friends.
However, an irritable Hauwanga walked to his car, pulled out the pistol and fired three shots before proceeding back to the bar where he confronted Njiba by hitting him on the head with the grip of the pistol.
This lead to another quarrel between the two, after which Hauwanga allegedly fired one shot that hit Njiba on the lower back.
Hauwanga was arrested the same night and his pistol confiscated as evidence by police.
During the court hearing on Wednesday, Public Prosecutor George Matali requested that Hauwanga be denied bail, as the matter he faces is serious and because the victim is currently admitted at the Rundu Intermediate Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where he was transferred to from Katima Mulilo.
Bail was further objected on grounds of incomplete investigations.
The matter was postponed to 27 May.
Hauwanga indicated to court that he has a private lawyer but will be representing himself in the case.
He exercised his right to remain silent and not give a statement of what transpired.
(NAMPA)
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