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Willy's Bar owner suspected of collaborating with 'tsotsis'


by Chris Paul


 

After a number of robberies and attacks were committed right outside Willy’s Bar in Katutura and the culprits always whisked away by a taxi that comes from nowhere, customers are suspecting that the owner, Willbard Shimpanda might have something to do with the attacks.
At least eight robberies took place between last month and this month in front of the joint and this has caused dismay to the revellers and residents in the surrounding area.
“We were robbed by people who were within the bar area and all of a sudden, a taxi just came from nowhere and took them off, unfortunately, the taxi’s number plate was invisible. It’s really strange that when we went to talk to the management of the bar, they denied knowing the people who were also in the bar the whole time, probably watching every move we made,” said Richard Sinkumba whose phone and money was stolen right outside the bar. However, the bar attendant Aquila Skrywer, admitted seeing the alleged robbers drinking in the bar before the robbery but was not aware of any connections between her boss to the robbers.”They were drinking here but I don’t know if they acted under Willard’s instructions,” said Aquila. Another victim insisted that Willy’s Bar has always been one of the safest and peaceful places to hang out but he recently became victim to four men who roughed him up and took his possessions.
“I was going to get a taxi after having a drink at the spot, they came from behind and started beating me up. I fell down and then they started searching my pockets before they took my wallet. Suddenly, there was a car with blinding lights and they were gone,” said the bloodshot-eyed John Mukando. John’s sentiments were shared by Martin Kambwa who lives near Willy’s Bar who admitted to suspecting the owner of the bar as is conniving with the criminals responsible for these attacks.
“We have discussed that story of thieves who rob revellers outside this bar and are picked up by a mysterious taxi and the ones targeted are always people with a lot of money. At the moment, speculations that he is involved seem to be proving to be true by the day. We are just waiting for more concrete evidence before we nab him,” Martin said.
The owner of the bar confirmed of the attacks and the fact that it is being linked to him but strongly denied any involvement, citing a belief of zero tolerance to crime. “I am aware of the attacks being linked to me. Some customers are saying this place is not safe anymore but most of these rumours come from business rivals. I have proper security at this bar. On the other hand, victims do not come back to us immediately, so we can help identify the culprits. I do not support crime here; those are just jealous people who want to drive my customers away. I’m aware of the plots against me,” said Willbard.