The Chinese Ambassador in Namibia, Zhang Yiming called for calm in the Kavango East Region after the shooting death of a young Namibian man by a Chinese business owner on Wednesday.
Besides calling on the local population to refrain from violent reprisals, Zhang also requested that people should avoid damage to private property and possible looting of businesses.
Zhang issued a statement in which he expressed condolences with the family and friends of the young man that died during the shooting incident at Andara on Wednesday The Chinese Ambassador said Namibians should reduce incidences of theft.
In the meantime the Kavango East Regional Commander, Commissioner Johanna Ngondo, said the deceased person worked for the Chinese businessman.
It is alleged that the Chinese person’s shop was broken into and that some of the goods inside were stolen.
“It is still unclear whether or not the deceased person was part of the burglary and theft. The burglary is treated as a separate case and investigation at this time.”
Commissioner Ngondo said the victim was shot four times and that the 30-year-old Chinese business owner was arrested on a charge of murder.
The Chinese suspect is expected to appear in court on Tuesday next week.
In his statement Zhang said: “The Chinese Embassy in Namibia is deeply shocked and regretful of the criminal case in Divundu in the Kavango East Region on April 17 during which a Namibian victim was killed. At present, the investigation by the police is still in progress. We would like to express our condolence to the deceased and sincere sympathy to the bereaved families.
Zhang called on all relevant parties to keep calm, deal with the case in a legal manner and to avoid the re-occurrence of illegal violence such as smashing and looting.