Enraged Taxi-Driver Kills Motorist

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By Francis Mukuzunga WINDHOEK A taxi-driver shot a Khomas Security Services driver dead in cold blood late Friday afternoon at the Katutura Shopping Centre. The deceased, Moses Kavaka (37) was dropping off workers of the company he worked for when the incident occurred just outside Katutura’s Shoprite supermarket. It is alleged that the deceased had an argument with the taxi-driver over the manner in which he (the taxi-river) was driving. The taxi-driver, who was arrested, is said to have been incensed by the manner in which he was reprimanded and produced a pistol before shooting the deceased at point blank range. Kavaka died instantly. When a New Era news crew arrived at the scene of the killing, scores of people and police had converged on the area. The body of the deceased was lying in a pool of blood and fellow members of the security company were wailing over his death. An employee of one of the shops brought a blanket to cover the body, while onlookers watched in disbelief. Wife of the owner of Khomas Security, Ernesta Katjatenja, told New Era at the scene that it was the first time that such an incident had happened in their company. “We feel very sorry about what has happened and extend our condolences to members of his family,” she said. She said the company would give assistance to members of his family following the unfortunate incident. Police spokesperson Sergeant Stephan Nuuyi confirmed the incident. “At 18.02 on 14 September 2006, the deceased reprimanded the suspect, a taxi-driver at Katutura Shoptrite, on his way of driving. The suspect took a firearm and shot the deceased in the head,” he said. Sergeant Nuuyi also confirmed that the firearm was confiscated and that the suspect, a 29-year-old man, is expected to appear in court this week. A relative of the suspect, Eliser Iyambo, told New Era that the suspect later handed himself over to the police. Iyambo said his family would also assist the Kavaka family to meet funeral and other expenses. Over the past couple of weeks, police have been carrying out an operation to confiscate firearms in a bid to curb crime in urban areas. The police have also warned people over the misuse of firearms, whether they are licensed or not. “The law has not changed. If you behave badly with your firearm, whether licensed or not, the police will prosecute you,” said Sgt Nuuyi. He further said the operation, carried out in Wanaheda over the last two weeks ago, in which hordes of firearms and other dangerous weapons were confiscated from people at shebeens and other nightspots in Katutura, would be extended to other areas.