Newspaper editor charged with attempted murder

29 Jan 2016 17:50pm
KATIMA MULILO, 29 JAN (NAMPA) – The editor of the Caprivi Vision bi-monthly newspaper in Zambezi Region has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting and injuring his wife and stepdaughter on Wednesday evening.
Risco Lumamezi, 41, made his first appearance before the Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court on Friday. He is alleged to have shot and injured his wife, Martha Liseli Matongo, as well as Matongo’s 14-year-old daughter with his shotgun at the Kanana Village in Chefuzwe area.
According to Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and court records seen by Nampa, Lumamezi had a “mental episode” on the night of the incident.
Lumamezi, who is said to have been suffering from a mental illness for over four months, allegedly shot his wife on her right thigh and injured his stepdaughter on her legs.
Statements indicate that on the day of the shooting incident inside the accused person’s house, Lumamezi was apparently “hearing strange voices and silent whispers in his ears, while seeing strange faces at random”.
He then pulled out his shotgun and started firing randomly in the direction of the strange faces, injuries Matongo and her daughter in the process.
In one statement, a witness claimed that Lumamezi recently consulted a traditional doctor, who administered herbs into his ears and eyes as ways to ward off the evil spirits he was seeing and hearing, but this seem not to have helped.
Lumamezi also allegedly visited the Katima Mulilo State Hospital for medical attention, which did not yield a positive result.
During the court hearing before Magistrate Vincent Nzata on Friday, Lumamezi was informed that he will be sent for mental observations to determine whether he is fit to stand trial.
Nzata postponed the case to 29 February 2016 for further investigations and status of the mental observation report. Lumamezi was remanded in police custody.
The State was represented by Public Prosecutor, George Matali, while Lumamezi did not have legal representation.
Lumamezi founded the Caprivi Vision newspaper in August 2000. Matongo is employed as the newspaper’s marketing manager.