RUNDU: Two men arrested for the murder of a security guard at the Ngepi Camp in eastern Kavango Region were released yesterday, and four new suspects were arrested by the police on the same day.
The two who were set free – Kandjeke Muhoka, 21, and Mathews Ihemba, 19 – appeared in the Rundu Magistrate on 02 August, and pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
The four men appeared before Mukwe District Magistrate Victor Nyazo today, and after being informed of their rights to engage legal representation of their choice, the four suspects opted to remain silent and indicated that they will apply for legal representative.
Magistrate Nyazo postponed the case of the four suspects to 14 September for them to get legal representation and further police investigations.
The four are Sitarara Sintango, 36, Johannes Lukas, 28, Andreas Simbona, 35, and Ben Kamonga, and they all were remanded in custody until then.
The Otjozondjupa regional education directorate has launched an investigation into allegations of Satanism and demonic practices at schools around Otjiwarongo.
It is alleged that learners here are engaging in Satanic practices, reportedly to enable them to pass with distinction.
Acting Otjozondjupa Regional Education Director Cornelia Araes-Shikulo told Nampa today that the investigations were launched earlier this month.
She noted that they received complaints about Satanic practices at a school here in the first semester, and their regional school counsellor is now busy investigating it.
A source who spoke on condition of anonymity told this agency that learners who are recruited into the group involved in Satanism here allegedly suck the blood of black cats.