Defence minister releases report on Kalola's death

18 Sep 2019 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 18 SEP (NAMPA) – Defence Minister Penda Ya Ndakolo on Tuesday said Benisius Kalola was shot because he refused to surrender his mobile phone, which he allegedly used to film Operation Kalahari Desert officials while executing their duty.
The 32-year-old Kalola died after being shot during an Operation Kalahari Desert patrol in Windhoek on 05 September 2019.
Ya Ndakolo in his report on the incident revealed in the National Assembly that on that day, members of the operation were conducting routine operational duties in Khomasdal, where they found a suspected drug dealer with two bales of cannabis in his car at a car wash.
The suspect was interrogated and subsequently directed the patrol team to the supplier of the cannabis found in his possession.
The supplier’s residence is in Katutura’s Shanghai Street, opposite the Single Quarters, Ya Ndakolo said.
“A cordon and search action were then conducted by the patrol team, which resulted in the arrest of three suspects for dealing and having drugs in the form of two-and-a-half parcels and 10 bales of cannabis,” the minister told the National Assembly.
It was during the search that the patrol team allegedly detected Kalola in a nearby street “busy video-recording the cordon and search activities with his mobile phone”.
The “illegal video recording” was then reported to the patrol commander, who then instructed two NDF members and one Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officer to ensure that the person deletes the recorded information as he was not authorised to record a video of the patrol action and the motive of the recording was not known.
“For the uninformed, recording a video of NDF and NamPol members in action is prohibited because it is very dangerous, as such video could be used to identify members who were at the spot for possible revenge or other criminal intents,” Ya Ndakolo said.
“He [Kalola] defied the instruction and instead decided to flee from the scene towards Mungunda Street, in the area of Single Quarters. The members chased after him around Market Street when one of the members fired one shot, injuring him in the back and he fell,” he said.
Kalola was taken to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital where he received medical attention, but died three hours later due to injuries sustained from what he termed the regrettable shooting incident.
A murder case has since been opened against the NDF member who appeared before the court on 09 September 2019.
He was denied bail.