GERSON Nakale, the soldier who fatally shot a Zimbabwean taxi driver during a joint operation between Nampol and Namibian Defence Force during the early hours of Thursday morning, was denied bail when he made his first appearance in the Katutura Magistrate’s court on Friday.
It is alleged that during the incident, the taxi driver was attempting to make a u-turn when he saw a mini road block on a street in the Greenwell Matongo informal settlement. The deceased person has since been identified as the 22-year-old Talent Fambaune.
Nakale faces a charge of murder. The state objected to the granting of bail on the grounds that accused person might interfere with state witnesses.
Magistrate Johannes Shuuveni postponed the matter to 15 October this year, to allow the soldier enough time to solicit legal representation.
Police Chief Inspector, Pendukeni Haikali, said that the deceased’s reasons for turning around at the time of the tragic incident is still unknown.
It is also still unclear whether or not the shots fired at Fambuanune’s car were warning shots.
Nakale is held in the police holding cells at the Hosea Kutako International Airport where arrested police officers and soldiers are incarcerated to keep them away from ordinary prisoners.
Although it is the first death reported, it is not the first violent incident between civilians and officials who form part of the joint police and army crime-fighting operations of Operation Kalahari Desert.