Alleged City Centre shooter case awaiting PG’s decision

13 Jun 2019 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 13 JUN (NAMPA) – The case of a former Global Fund Namibia employee who allegedly shot dead a former colleague and wounded another in Windhoek in January this year, is now awaiting a decision by the Office of the Prosecutor-General.
The 33-year-old Simasiku Simataa Simasiku appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Vanessa Stanley on Thursday, when the docket of his murder and attempted murder case was referred to the Office of the Prosecutor-General (PG) for a decision on how to proceed with the matter.
The case was postponed to 16 July this year to allow the Office of the PG to pronounce itself on the matter.
Simasiku remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility, with no option to post bail until his next court appearance in July.
On 28 January 2019, he allegedly walked into the City Centre office building and shot the two victims.
One victim, 58-year-old Sarah Mwilima, a director of the Global Fund programme management unit, died at the scene, while the other victim, Ester Nepolo, was wounded and received medical treatment at a local hospital for several months.
Nepolo has now been discharged from hospital, according to the police investigating team.
Simasiku previously worked in the programme management unit under the Global Fund Directorate based within the Ministry of Health and Social Services, along with the two victims, and was employed at the ministry’s Primary Health Care unit at the time of the incident.
The accused handed himself over to the Wanaheda Police Station shortly after the incident.
The motive for the shooting is still unknown.
Local lawyer Henry Shimutwikeni is defending Simasiku, while Senior Public Prosecutor Rowan van Wyk is representing the State.