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City Centre shooter fights for bail

City Centre shooter fights for bail

Eba Kandovazu
SIMASIKU Simataa, the man accused of killing his boss earlier this year before proceeding to shoot another colleague of his said that the public has nothing to fear from him.

Pictured: Simasiku Simataa at the Katutura Magistrtae’s Court. Photo: Eba Kandovazu

The 33-year-old Simataa in February barged into the office of the Global Fund in Windhoek’s city centre, went through security and fatally shot the director Sarah Mwilima, 51. He also shot Ester Nepolo and seriously injured her.
Today he refuted claims that the murder and attempted murder charges he faces are of a serious nature. He further rubbished claims that he is a danger to the public, as put to him by the state Prosecutor.
An online petition which contains signatures of 2991 people opposes the granting of bail.
“People are only afraid of me because they do not know my story. The stories they heard about me are biased and I believe that if people heard my story, the numbers on that petition would not be the same,” Simataa said.
He has since offered to pay N$2000 bail.
His wife told the court that he had confessed to her that he killed his boss and that he would hand himself over to the police.
Simataa also testified that he was due to receive N$90 million from the fund and that his employees failed to allocate the money to his account although it was linked.
His issues with management, he said, started in 2017 when he was deployed to the Global Fund from the health ministry division he worked for in Gobabis.
According to him, he was placed with the Global Fund with no job description and at times felt useless as he had no specific duties, even with his economics degree.
“The whole year I kept going to management and I even sought legal help from a company and the Office of the Ombudsman. I did not feel secure because my job was not a formal job. I was not sure how long I was going stay there,” Simataa added.
With the application unresolved over the past two days the matter was postponed until next week.

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