A police crime report into the weekend’s events reveals a series of tragic incidents, resulting in multiple deaths.
Over 10 individuals lost their lives due to various causes, including stabbings, suicides and culpable homicides.
The first incident was recorded at the Wanahenda police station on Friday when a young man was fatally stabbed at the corner of Eveline and Justine street in Greenwell Matongo after an altercation occurred between two groups of friends who were drinking at Masipiri bar.
The argument, the police reports, revolved around a missing 2-litre bottle of Castelo wine in the suspect’s taxi. The police found the alleged suspect in possession of an Okapi knife and a screwdriver.
The victim was discovered in the suspect’s red VW Polo taxi, being driven by a friend in an attempt to transport him to the hospital. Police investigations continue.
On Saturday, in Swakopmund’s Mondesa location, a 22-year-old Namibian male, named Peter Bockky Amwaalwa, was found dead in Iipumbu ya Shilongo street. He had sustained stab wounds on his left thigh and back, to which he succumbed.
The police discovered his body covered in a pool of blood during a routine patrol. Further investigations are being conducted at the police mortuary.
In Otjiwarongo, a 72-year-old Namibian female, identified as Ailine Mawere, suddenly collapsed and died at the Puma service station during a stopover on her journey from Katima Mulilo to Windhoek.
She fell on the bus stairs while attempting to visit the restroom. She was rushed to Otjiwarongo state hospital, where she was pronounced dead upon arrival. A postmortem examination will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
In Zambezi, a 68-year-old Namibian male, Womitondo Luavunga, died instantly while chopping a tree at Nukwa field in the Kongola area.
The tree fell on him as he was standing underneath, resulting in fatal injuries. He had left his house in the morning to work in the field and was later discovered by his family with severe injuries and a broken skull or head injuries.
Back in Windhoek, 36-year-old Andrias Mutota Natangwe died in a vehicle accident on the B6 Road in the Khomas region. The accident involved a head-on collision between a white Fiat sedan and a brown khaki Toyota Land Cruiser bakkie.
The driver of the Land Cruiser sustained severe injuries and was admitted to the Lady Pohamba Private Hospital. The victim’s body was taken to the police mortuary in Windhoek, and the next of kin have been notified.
In Grootfontein, a 43-year-old Namibian male, named Cloete Obandja Sefanja, was found dead in his house at the Omulunga Damara location. His girlfriend discovered his lifeless body when she attempted to wake him up, but he was unresponsive. Foul play is not suspected in this case.
Another incident took place in Okahao town, where a 38-year-old Namibian male, named Anthony Lisulo Mapenzi, was found dead near the veterinary offices.
The victim was discovered hanging from an Albizia anthelmintica (Omupopo) tree with a green plastic strip around his neck. He had left his house earlier.
In Luderitz, a 28-year-old Namibian male, named Kaen Amutenya, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the forehead in a house at Spokiesdorp.
He was found in a locked toilet, lying in a pool of blood. A 7mm pistol, allegedly belonging to his father, was found at the scene, along with one spent cartridge. The motive behind the incident is currently unknown.
At Wanahenda, a 37-year-old Namibian male named Sem Mekondjo Johannes hanged himself behind the Gamams Water Purification Plant on Otjomuise Road in the Wanaheda area of the Khomas region.
The lifeless body of the victim was found hanging from a tree with a wire tied around his neck.