13 Aug 2019 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 13 AUG (NAMPA) A former Global Fund employee who allegedly shot dead a former colleague and wounded another in Windhoek in January this year, will face trial in the Windhoek High Court.
The 33-year-old Simasiku Simataa Simasiku is scheduled to make his first appearance in the Windhoek High Court during a pre-trial conference of case management on Thursday, in which both the defence and prosecution representatives come together to sort out unresolved issues related to the matter before trial proper begins.
On 16 July 2019, Simasiku appeared before Windhoek magistrate Vanessa Stanley when his alleged murder and attempted murder case was transferred from the magistrates court to the Windhoek High Court as per the decision taken by the Office of the Prosecutor-General.
Simasiku that day was informed of the PGs decision by prosecutor Laura Mabuku while in the presence of his Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer Henry Shimutwikeni.
He remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility, with no option to post bail after a failed formal bail attempt over the past few months.
On 28 January 2019, Simasiku 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. The other victim, Ester Nepolo, was wounded and received medical treatment at a local hospital.
Simasiku previously worked at 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 ministrys 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 of the shooting is still unknown.