Bail deal turns sour at Karibib

04 Mar 2017 16:20pm
By Paulus Shiku
KARIBIB, 04 MAR (NAMPA) – An agreement in which a suspect was lent money to pay for bail at Karibib, turned sour when he failed to fulfil the conditions of the agreement.
Communal farmer Saltiel Kamatuka, 57 approached the Karibib Magistrate's Court on Friday to claim back the N.dollars 1 500 he lent Epson Tjivikua, 46, in November to pay for his bail under the agreement that he would work at his farm.
Tjivikua was arrested and charged with illegal hunting and slaughtering an Oryx.
The court ruled in favour of Kamatuka, a situation that forced Police to handcuff Tjivikua and keep him in custody.
He was told that if he gets money from elsewhere to pay his bail, he would be released immediately.
Speaking to Nampa outside the court after the hearing, Kamatuka said Tjivikua’s wife approached him to assist with the bail money and Tjivikua agreed that he would work at Kamatuka’s farm for five months to compensate for the money given.
The farmer said Tjivikua only worked eight days in December and January, and skipped the whole February.
As such, he had breached their agreement, which angered Kamatuka to request back his money.
Kamatuka said he also paid the worker N.dollars 800 for the days he worked.
“I actually never wanted money that’s why I paid him and gave him free food so that he can at least have an income. All I wanted [was] him to work.”
He said Tjivikua disrespected him when he confronted him about missing work by boasting that he would borrow money from other people to repay him.
During the hearing, the court reminded Kamatuka that if the money was returned, Tjivikua would be re-arrested and thrown into custody.
The farmer replied that he did not care, as the suspect was not related to him and is just somebody he knows. Earlier during the hearing, Tjivikua pleaded with the court to grant him four days to search for the money but when the court asked Kamatuka if the request should be granted, he told Tjivikua to pay the court because he wanted his money on Friday.
Speaking to Nampa outside the court, a sad and handcuffed Tjivikua said: “I do not know if my wife will get someone to lend me the money today, but she will try.”
His alleged illegal hunting case will be heard on 16 March.