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      Möller family drowns in financial woes after brutal murder

      by Taati Niilenge


      A WALVIS Bay widow is appealing for the public's assistance as she and her children battle to survive following the brutal murder of her husband, Hans Möller.

      Möller was brutally murdered on 17 June 2016, leaving her with two daughters, aged 4 and 6 (now 10 and 12).

      A group of eight men broke into their house and shot Möller in the abdomen while he was trying to protect his wife and daughters.

      He died the following day at Swakopmund's Cottage Mediclinic.

      Carol-Ann suffered severe facial injuries. The suspects got away with N$8 600, jewellery and cellphones, which were never recovered.

      Five suspects were arrested while the other three are still at large.

      David Tashiya, David Shekudja, Panduleni Gotlieb, Elly Ndapuka Hinaivali and Malakia Shiweda are facing charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit housebreaking with the intent to rob and robbery with aggravating circumstances in the Windhoek High Court.

      They are also facing charges of housebreaking with the intent to rob and robbery with aggravating circumstances, as well as two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

      “After my husband's death, I studied to become a captain in order to run our company, the Namibia Dolphin and Seal Catamaran Cruises.

      “It has been very difficult as a widow to sustain my children and myself. I had to use all the funds I had to purchase new engines for my boat,” she says.

      Carol-Ann suffered further loss, as she had to terminate her boat cruise services in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

      She had no income, and her debtors could not pay her.

      Carol-Ann made arrangements with her staff to pay them 50% of their salaries during the lockdown period, and had to apply for a bank loan to stay afloat.

      She was given a grace period to pay off the loan.

      “I have a home loan, a commercial loan, and a car loan. At that stage we have already been eight months under lockdown without any income.

      “Boat companies were allowed to open for business again, but with only 10 people on board. Thus we received little to no income for the following two years,” she says.

      She could not pay her debts or her children's school fees, and ended up in the hands of lawyers in January 2021.

      Her children stopped attending school during the first school trimester, she says.

      “My boat is in need of new engines. I do not want to risk taking the yacht out to sea while it needs maintenance work done. I cannot uphold my accounts, debts and day-to-day costs that have heaped up,” she says.

      Her children are suffering emotionally, since they miss their father, the widow says.

      “I would really like to make things easier for them. My late husband left my children N$100 000 in savings, but the bank has taken that as well for debts owed.

      “I have exhausted many options of obtaining financial assistance from various sources. I am aware that asking for financial assistance could be used against me and my business, but I have no one to fall back on and will do anything for my children,” she says.

      Möller has to come up with about N$100 000 by tomorrow to pay for housing, and car and commercial loan debts, or face charges.

      A Walvis Bay businesswoman, Claudia Lofty-Eaton, says she has been trying to help the family.

      “I am hoping for locals and Namibians at large to stand together and help each other. I know we are all struggling, but they really need help.

      “The girls are top students at school despite the trauma, and it would be a pity for them to lose their education. There are days they cannot even afford food,” she says.

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