WINDHOEK, 28 MAR – About 150 students from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) on Wednesday staged a peaceful demonstration in memory of a fellow student who was killed on Independence Day in Windhoek.
Nayman Ibe Amakali, 22, died after a motorist randomly fired several shots at the taxi in which he was a passenger.
The suspect, who according to a police report was driving a black Volkswagen Polo, allegedly approached the taxi in which the deceased was travelling and complained that he did not like the way the driver was driving.
This reportedly resulted in an argument between the two drivers and the suspect then took a gun from his vehicle and started shooting at the taxi.
Two other men in the taxi were injured.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Inspector Pendukeni Haikali on Wednesday told Nampa the suspect is still at large.
President of the Student Representative Council (SRC), Marvellous Shilongo urged any member of the public with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspect to assist the police.
“We want the man who committed this crime to be arrested,” she said.
Veronica Fredricko, SRC member for external affairs, said the demonstration is aimed at sensitising the Namibian society on the safety of students in taxis.
She said students need to be protected whenever they board a taxi.
Members of the Amakali family also attended the demonstration, but declined to speak to the media.
Amakali was in his final year of studies towards a bachelor degree.
Namibia Transport and Taxi Union president Werner Januarie told this news agency as a union, they are working towards the safety of passengers.
“Safety not only of taxi passengers, but also that of the entire public is of primary essence and we are trying everything we can to address it with the relevant authorities,” he said.
He said they have already written a letter in this regard to the City Police and are awaiting a response.