Rundu NamPol officers fined for negligence in mass murder incident

22 Nov 2018 20:20pm
RUNDU, 22 NOV (NAMPA) – Two senior police officers investigated internally for alleged negligence after failing to respond timeously in the case of an 18-year-old man accused of murdering five of his family members in July this year, have been found guilty.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Public Relations Officer, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi confirmed this to Nampa on Thursday upon inquiry.
A public outcry ensued after it was reported that police at Rundu claimed not to have police vehicles to attend to the matter when a relative of the accused approached them before the slayings.
Shikwambi said action was taken departmentally this week against the two officers in the case involving six officers when the alleged murders happened.
She said the two - then station commander, Chief Inspector Andreas Mushongo Haingura and Chief Inspector Eberhard Muyambo - were found guilty of negligence and a penalty of N.dollars 1 500 was imposed on each.
Haingura was redeployed to the Kavango East regional police headquarters after the incident.
As for the four other junior officers who were on duty when the incident happened, Shikwambi said their case was still ongoing and would soon be completed.
However, the outcomes of the two cases are still subject to review and confirmation by the Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, she added.
The accused in the murder incident remains in custody and his trial is ongoing.