Zambian poacher escapes from custody

24 Jun 2016 13:50pm
KATIMA MULILO, 24 JUN (NAMPA) - A Zambian national who was incarcerated for poaching within game parks in the Zambezi Region, escaped from police custody here on Tuesday.
Mike Manyando (age not provided) made his bid for freedom from the Katima Mulilo State Hospital, where he was admitted for medical attention.
Warrant Officer Kisco Sitali of the Namibian Police Force Community Affairs and Public Relations Office said Manyando had tricked police officers on guard that he wanted to use the toilet. While there, he broke the bathroom window and managed to escape.
“He was gone for quite some minutes. When the accused was not responding to knocks at the door, it was discovered that he broke the window and escaped through it. We are now hunting for him,” said Sitali.
Manyando is facing two charges of poaching on different occasions.
“It is not known if he has managed to cross over to his home country but we are working with our counterparts to bring him to book,” Sitali said.
In a separate incident, a culpable homicide and reckless driving case has been opened against Ntengu Mashazi following an accident he allegedly caused after he lost control of the vehicle along the Linyanti and Sibbinda road.
One of the four passengers in the vehicle, Makando Mushobo, died instantly.
After the vehicle overturned at about 18h00 on Tuesday, Mashazi allegedly fled the scene into the bushes, where he tried to commit suicide by hanging himself with his pants from a tree.
Community members in pursuit of Mashazi found him and handed him over to the police.
Another accident on the same day was reported along the Trans-Zambezi highway.
Sitali said a woman, age unknown, was run over by a vehicle when she and a female companion crossed the road at Liselo village that night.
The woman died instantly while her friend is receiving medical treatment at the Katima Mulilo State Hospital.
Her next of kin have been informed.