Rundu police are frantically trying to dispel latest rumours linking a local businessman, Joseph Siwombe or Joseph Kakove, to ritual killings.
Kakove, who, among other things, owns a bar in the Damara Location section of Katutura, is no stranger to being accused of ritual killings.
In the latest story, it is alleged that he was arrested at a police roadblock outside Rundu while driving with a corpse dressed in a suit, strapped in the passenger seat.
With a pedigree of being linked to numerous ritual killing stories, it wasn’t surprising that the gullible people of Rundu were quick to believe the latest rumour.
People are now frightened to even walk around the area where Kakove’s bar; Ndama, is located.
Towards the end of last year, according to one of the most believed stories in Rundu, a mutilated corpse of a woman was found in Kakove’s bar.
This came just several weeks after it was said that Kakove had been found with a cooler box with human body parts.
For some reasons, these rumours spread quickly and are believed by most Rundu residents.
Regional crime co-ordinator, Inspector Christof Muvebo said although he was aware of the rumours, there was no evidence of any killings.
“We are aware of the latest story as well. We have no idea where these stories come from. There is no evidence whatsoever; no police arrest at any roadblock was made of him, yet these stories are all over here. We don’t know what people have against this man,” he said.
Kakove expressed his disappointment and misery on the latest allegation, stating how these stories have harmed his business and personal life.
“People are destroying me and my business. It’s really sad. They run away from me. I can hardly sustain a conversation with a woman now. What have I done to deserve all these negative stories? It has tarnished my reputation and all my endeavors. I honestly do not deserve this treatment.”
NamPol deputy commissioner Silvanus Nghishidimbwa said his department is taking a step further by issuing statements and reprimanding gossipmongers as well as issuing warnings through the local radio stations.
“They are crucifying the poor man. He has done well for himself and now they are linking him to these bad things. This town is infested with jealousy over this man’s success. I don’t understand why they can’t just be happy for him as one of their own. We issued severe warnings on the radio this morning for people spreading these rumours. This line of thought has got to stop,” said the deputy commissioner.
He said the police have not discovered any mutilated body as proof for all the accusations made against Kakove by the public, yet.