Fugitive businessman Lazarus Shaduka has been on the run for three years now, following his conviction in 2012 for the murder of his wife. To date the police have failed to locate and apprehend the killer. Namibian Police Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga told New Era this week that they have not and would not give up the chase.
Shaduka fled into Angola three years ago via Oshikango border post, a mere three hours after he was sentenced in the Supreme Court on December 13, 2012, where his culpable homicide conviction by the High Court was overturned and substituted with a murder conviction, accompanied by a 20-year jail term. Shaduka, who was previously
employed as property manager at the City of Windhoek, is a wanted for murdering his wife, Selma Shaimemanya, in 2008 in their home in Klein Windhoek. He reportedly shot her in the back, at the conclusion of a volatile relationship, characterised by domestic violence.
To date the efforts of the police in tracking him down have borne little fruit. The police had earlier offered N$20
000 to anyone who reveals Shaduka’s whereabouts, but that did not attract any informants. The police this year increased the reward to N$100 000. In 2013, the police put up posters in Angola in a bid to trace him and Interpol Namibia put up a notice on their website, requesting member countries for cooperation or information leading to his arrest. It has also been rumoured that Shaduka fled to Zimbabwe.
Deputy Commissioner Silvanus Nghishidimbwa yesterday said when the police increased the reward money to N$
100 000, some people came forward with information, but none could lead to the apprehension of Shaduka. “All leads were followed, but all led to a cul-de-sac,” he said. Nghishidimbwa said no one could come up with concrete information, as it was mostly assumptions, but the police did not ignore it. He said they have not given up on the case and are networking regionally with law enforcement agencies neighbouring countries. “We are still waiting for someone who has fresh and concrete information [to come forward].”
Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga said for the police to lay their hands on Shaduka they need crossborder
cooperation: “We have circulated his particulars on Interpol [website] and are still waiting on other countries
to assist. We can’t do much if we don’t get feedback from the countries he has absconded to.”