Oshana youth with disabilities condemn killing of disabled woman

OSHAKATI: A teacher from Ongwediva, who allegedly killed her daughter who lived with disabilities at the town over the weekend, remains under medical evaluation at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital to determine if she is fit for prosecution.

Sergeant Thomas Aiyambo of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Public Relations Unit in the Oshana Region confirmed this to Nampa on Monday.

The teacher could not appear before the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court as expected on Monday, because it is suspected that she suffers from a mental disorder.

“I will let you know of her court appearance once the hospital has finished the evaluation and determined that she is fit to be prosecuted,” Aiyambo told this news agency.

Meanwhile, a group of local young people living with disabilities who planned to stage a peaceful demonstration against the said teacher in front the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court on Monday, called off their demonstration until further notice.

The group wants to protest under the umbrella of the Namibia Youth with Disabilities’ Oshana regional branch, which is headed by Gabriel Shikwaya.

The group described the killing as an “element of discrimination” against people living with disabilities by some members of the Namibian society.

The teacher allegedly killed her 26-year-old biological daughter by chopping her with a panga and burning her remains behind their family house at one of the suburbs in Ongwediva on Saturday.

The deceased has been identified as Magdalena Amunyoko.