Suicides on the increase in Otjozondjupa – Police

OTJIWARONGO: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region on Tuesday expressed concern over the increasing cases of suicide in the region.

NamPol’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa in an interview that 17 cases of suicide have been recorded in the region from January to April this year.

“We are concerned that Otjozondjupa has lost so many lives of people due to suicides in the past four months alone,” Mbeha said.

According to police statistics, which were shown to Nampa on Tuesday, an 82-year-old man is the oldest person on the list of suicides in the region, while the youngest person was 19 years old.

Mbeha also reacted to the two suicide incidents which were reported to her office over the weekend in the Otjozondjupa Region.

She said that a 30-year-old woman in Gam settlement allegedly hanged herself to death on a tree Saturday evening.

The Otjozondjupa police spokesperson identified the deceased as Upahee Ketjimambo. According to Mbeha, the police’s preliminary findings show that Ketjimambo had first sent a text message to a married man who resides in the same village (Gam), saying she was going to hang herself so that she could leave him in peace.

Mbeha said it is not known whether the two were in a relationship. However, it is alleged that shortly after she sent the text message to the man, Ketjimambo went behind her house in Gam and hanged herself with a rope.

No foul play is suspected and police investigations are continuing, Mbeha said. In a separate incident, 30-year-old Given Ngujandja Katjiona allegedly shot himself dead with a 308 hunting rifle at Farm Wildehull in the Otjiwarongo District in the Otjozondjupa Region.

Katjiona allegedly pointed the rifle under his chin and pulled the trigger. Mbeha said the cause of the suicide is still unknown, but the relatives of the deceased claim that Katjiona was mentally ill. No suicide note was left behind and police investigations continue. Mbeha is now urging community members who are facing social problems to consult her office at Otjiwarongo, which is tasked to deal with community affairs in the police force or to alternatively seek for assistance at any government counseling facility nearby.

SOURCE: NAMPA