Zambian escapes from Namibian prison, shot

A convicted Zambian national is recovering in the Rundu State Hospital after he was shot by police officers when he tried to resist arrest by running away at Mururani in the Kavango Region about two weeks ago.

According to Chief Inspector Chrispin Mubebo, of Nampol in Rundu, Simasiku Sitwala, 23, was shot in the stomach after he ignored several warning shots from the police who ordered him to stop running.

Sitwala was initially hunted by the police for escaping from custody following an incident where he allegedly jumped from a moving prisons vehicle, approximately 40 kilometers on the Grootfontein-Rundu road on December 2 .

It is believed that he was being transported from Katima Mulilo where he appeared in the magistrate’s court on several charges. After his escape, Sitwala is alleged to have “terrorised” the community of Mururani where he assaulted and attempted to rape a 57-year-old woman and was re-arrested the following day.

He now faces at least seven counts ranging from housebreaking, common assault and rape.

The police are said to be waiting for him to recover before they return him into lawful custody.

He is under guard at the hospital.

The New Era

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