RUNDU: Two men arrested for the murder of a security guard at the Ngepi Camp in eastern Kavango Region were released on Wednesday, and four new suspects were arrested by the police on the same day.
The four men appeared before Mukwe District Magistrate Victor Nyazo on Thursday.
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.
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 tehm 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.
Sintango is said to be a notorious criminal known to the police, and he has pending cases of murder and robberies, while Kamonga is a former security guard at the Ngepi Camp.
Kavango regional Police Acting Crime Coordinator, Detective Inspector Chrispin Mubebo told Nampa on Thursday that the four suspects made a confession to the police following interrogation.
The deceased’s cell phone was found in possession of one of the four accused.
The acting crime co-coordinator explained that after allegedly killing the security guard, the four suspects got away with a N.dollars 5 000 cash, which they divided amongst themselves, and threw away a cash box containing British Pounds into the Okavango River.
The suspects allegedly walked some 50km from the scene before hitchhiking.
Asked why the two suspects who were released were linked to the murder, Mubebo stated that they were implicated because the foot prints of the four suspects passed through their homesteads.
He added that one of the two suspects has shoes that are similar to the ones worn by one of the four accused on that day.
The two suspects who were released both worked at the Ngepi Camp before they were fired some time back for alleged theft by Ngepi Camp owner Mark Adcock.
The guard at the tourist camp, situated some 220km east of Rundu, was brutally stabbed several times with an unknown sharp object before his arms and legs were tied together on 29 July 2012.
He died on the spot.
After attacking the security guard, the perpetrators proceeded to break into the camp office, and stole money and other items which the owners claimed were worth N.dollars 7 000.