14 Feb 2016 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 14 FEB (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) have not made any progress in tracing fugitive Lazarus Shaduka, who was found guilty of murdering his wife in December 2012.
Shaduka allegedly fled the country via the Oshikango Border Post in the Ohangwena Region into neighbouring Angola on 13 December 2012, and is still on the run.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi told a media conference here on Sunday afternoon that the police have been seriously looking into Shaduka's case, but so far, no progress has been made in connection with his arrest.
We have not yet made a breakthrough or progress in connection with fugitive Shaduka's arrest or whereabouts up to now. But we are hard at work to track him down. Fugitive Shaduka is a real concern to us at NamPol and the nation at large, he said.
Kanguatjivi said the N.dollars 50 000 reward offered by the police for any information that would lead to the arrest of Shaduka is still standing and we again humbly request the assistance of the members of the public in this regard.
Shaduka is at large for over three years. He was convicted of culpable homicide in the death of 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, on 13 December 2012, following a successful appeal by the State in the Windhoek Supreme Court, Shadukas earlier conviction of culpable homicide by the High Court was set aside, and he was formally convicted of the murder of his wife.
He was then sentenced to an immediately 20 years imprisonment by Chief Justice Peter Shivute and Judges of Appeal Gerhard Maritz and Sylvester Mainga.
Shaduka was not present in court when this judgement was delivered on that day and allegedly fled to Angola shortly afterwards.
In January 2013, NamPol put up a reward of N.dollars 20 000 for anyone who can provide accurate information on Shaduka's whereabouts, which was at a later stage increased to N.dollars 50 000.
NamPol urged anyone with information on Shaduka's whereabouts to contact Detective Inspector Zachariah Amakali, Chief Inspector Barry de Klerk or Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa.