28 May 2018 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 28 MAY (NAMPA) - The Commissioner for Refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, arrested earlier this month for allegedly shooting and wounding a man during an apparent case of road rage, wants to be released on bail.
Likius Valombola, 53, through his privately-instructed defence lawyer Sisa Namandje, lodged the formal bail application in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Valombola informed Windhoek Magistrate Antonius Shapumba that even though he has relatives who reside in the United States of America and United Kingdom, he has no intention to abscond from Namibia to evade prosecution.
Valombola said he will stay in the country and will stand trial until the finalisation of his attempted murder case.
He stated that he is prepared to pay N.dollars 5 000 if the court grants him the opportunity to post bail.
The prosecution, led by Senior Public Prosecutor Arie Husselmann, is objecting to the granting of bail on the grounds that it would not be in the interests of the public or the administration of justice while police investigations are in the initial stages.
Furthermore, the State fears that he might abscond from Namibia because he faces a serious charge.
Valombola allegedly shot and wounded Windhoek resident Helao Ndjaba on the night of 18 May 2018 during a heated argument in the Ombili residential area of Katutura.
Ndjaba, 27, was shot twice in the forehead with a pistol.
He is still in the Katutura State Hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and was placed on life support.
Initially, Valombola was unprocedurally released from custody after he spent four hours in the holding cells of the Wanaheda Police Station.
He was then re-arrested last Wednesday while on an official mission at Opuwo in the Kunene Region and brought back to Windhoek for his first court appearance on Monday.
The bail hearing continues Tuesday.