UPDATE: MoHSS employee dies in shooting incident

28 Jan 2019 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JAN (NAMPA)- An employee of the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) allegedly shot two of his former female colleagues at City Centre Building in the capital on Monday.

Briefing the media at the scene, Khomas Regional Crime Coordinator of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa said the suspect allegedly walked in the office building and shot the victims at about 11h00.

He said the suspect formally worked at the programme management unit under the Global Fund Directorate along with the victims, however at the time of the incident, he was employed at the Primary Health Care unit.

Nghishidimbwa said one victim, a director of the programme's management unit, Sarah Mwilima, 58, died at the scene, while the other victim, Ester Nepolo, was rushed to the Roman Catholic Hospital.

He further noted that the 33-year-old suspect handed himself over to the Wanaheda Police Station shortly after the incident and the motive for the shooting is still unknown and that police investigations into the matter continue.

Addressing the shocked staff members at the scene, MoHSS Permanent Secretary (PS) Benetus Nangombe, gave the members a day off to seek counselling and medical attention.

At the same event, Deputy PS Petronella Masabane described the deceased as a brilliant, dedicated, diligent and excellent employee.

“Sarah was in charge of the millions and billions that Namibia gets from global fund and administered those funds effectively and without faults. We have indeed lost somebody that will be hard to be replaced,” she said.