TWO Chinese nationals, the 29-year-old Chen Xuefeng and the 31-year-old Zhen Zhou, who on the eve of the Easter weekend caused outrage in the Kavango regions after fatally shooting an employee in Andara, have been remanded in the custody of the Namibian Police for their own safety when they appeared in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
The Inspector General of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, has since requested the residents of the Kavango East Region not to take the law into their own hands and to allow justice to take its course.
Xuefeng and Zhou face charges of murder and discharging a firearm in public.
It is alleged that the two shot the 34-year-old Mveyu Hausiku during an argument over unpaid wages.
It is further alleged that Hausiku was murdered in cold blood and succumbed to his wounds after being hit by for shots from two firearms wielded by the accused persons.
The suspects briefly appeared on Tuesday before a jam packed Rundu Magistrate’s Court.
The State Prosecutor, Steven Haradoeb, objected to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the offence.
Besides the gravity of the charges, the prosecutor also stated that the accused persons pose a flight risk and that it would not be in the interest of the administration of justice or the public to set the accused persons free on bail.
Haradoeb also informed the court that it would be in the best interest of the accused persons’ safety if they were to be remanded in custody because of the fear of possible revenge attacks by members of the public.
After remanding the accused persons in custody, Magistrate Sonia Sampofu postponed the matter to 22 July this year to allow the police to investigate the matter further.
Leena Shikongo, who appeared on behalf of the accused persons, did not object to the ruling of Magistrate Sampofu.
Meanwhile, the family members of Chen and Zhou have offered their assistance in the funeral preparations.
The incident was seen in such a serious light that the Chinese Ambassador, Yiming Zhang, issued several statements to call for calm.
Since the incident, Zhang also travelled to the Kavango East Region where he had a meeting with local Chinese business people, the Namibian Police, as well as the family of the victim.