By Thupeyo Muleya
Namibian Police (Nampol) have arrested another Zimbabwean for the alleged murder of his friend in a dispute over Namibian $20 (USD$1.34) in the Oshakati area.
Legton Meki (41), who went on the run on Sunday after allegedly fatally assaulting Botham Chipuriro (51) with a brick in the head was arrested on Monday afternoon as he tried to escape to Zimbabwe.
The police said the suspect was picked up while walking along the Ohangwena-Eenhana main road. Nampol spokesperson responsible for community affairs division Warrant Officer Frieda Shikole told the media that the incident occurred around 11:40pm.
“Indications are that the two Zimbabweans (both male) were passengers in a taxi they hired from Ondangwa. Along the way, the suspect paid the taxi fee on behalf of the deceased, but the driver gave the change to the wrong man and an argument ensued,” said Warrant Officer Shikole.
He said the argument resulted in a fistfight between the two men when they got to their destination. During the fight, Meki allegedly picked a brick and repeatedly assaulted his compatriot in the face and head. He then disappeared from the crime scene on foot.
According to the police, the suspect has been detained at the Ondobe Police Station pending transportation to Oshakati where he will be charged and tried for murder.
The incident comes a few days after three Zimbabweans were arrested for killing, mutilating and burning the body of a nine-year-old girl in Windhoek.
Two of the accused persons Rachel Kureva, the mother of the minor, and Caroline Nkata have since appeared in the Windhoek magistrate court charged with murder, obstructing the ends of justice and violating a dead body.
They were remanded in custody to April 17 for trial, while another suspect Edward Nkata is yet to be charged and recuperating from the hospital under police guard.
Edward was injured after a vehicle transporting him from Otjiwarongo to Windhoek was involved in a road traffic accident. The Herald