Judge Shivute’s Daughter Commits Suicide

A UNIVERSITY of Namibia (Unam) student committed suicide on Friday last week in Windhoek – hours before she was due to be capped.

The girl, Lucia Kaunamwene Mwaalwa, was Chief Justice Peter Shivute and Judge Naomi Shivute’s adopted daughter.

A family spokesperson, Lamech Mwanyangapo, told The Namibian yesterday that they suspect Lucia hanged herself around 02h00 on Friday at their Eros house.

She did not leave a suicide note.

Mwanyangapo said Lucia was her ‘normal’ self that evening before the suicide.

“She cooked for the family and we suspected nothing. We think that when everyone went to bed that night, she woke up and went through the kitchen door and hanged herself under the lapa with a cloth. It is a great loss and a very sad time for the family,” Mwanyagapo said.

Lucia’s death brings the suicide total to four last week after that of an Angolan man who was found hanging in an Oshikango police cell with a piece of cloth last Wednesday, according to the police.

Joseph Shihepo (24), had been arrested in connection with the rape of a 12- year-old girl at the Onengali Village.

Police spokesperson Edwin Kanguatjivi said Shihepo hanged himself on the window of the toilet in the cells.

“When the other inmates went to have dinner, Shihepo stayed behind in an unlocked cell and hanged himself. The next of kin have been informed,” Kanguatjivi said.

In Ohangwena Region, Fillipus Shidume (40), allegedly shot himself through the head with a shotgun on Friday.

His body was found in his bedroom. The motive for the suicide is not known.

Police said Shidume was a security guard at the Oshimwaku Combined School.

“Another suicide reported in Windhoek was at Havana settlement where a 33-year-old Elifas Shikongo ended his life by hanging himself from a tree with a towing belt,” he said, adding that Shikongo did not leave a suicide note.

Source : The Namibian