Witchcraft fears mounts at Omusimboti village

The community of Omusimboti village in the Oshana Region’s Oshakati East Constituency are living in fear of alleged witchcraft practices, reportedly carried out at the village by certain individuals.

This came to light during a community meeting convened on Monday here by the constituency councillor, Lotto Kuushomwa, to solicit concrete evidence on the matter from the villagers.

The meeting was as a result of ongoing allegations that motorists, mainly from other villages, have a hit list of villagers to be killed for witchcraft practices.

Kuushomwa told the meeting that a young motorist from Onakazizi village of Oshikoto Region’s Omuntele Constituency on Sunday night fell in a trap set by Omusimboti villagers, who were on the look-out for those allegedly involved in witchcraft.

The young man from Onakazizi village had parked his car in the bushes while visiting his lover, whom he has a child with, at a nearby homestead.

Kuushomwa pointed out that it was proven beyond reasonable doubt that the mission of the young man from Onakazizi village was to visit his girlfriend, who did not want his car to be parked at her homestead.

“We conducted investigations with the police last night and we have determined that he man from Onakazizi village has nothing to do with the alleged witchcraft business,” Kuushomwa stated.

No villager came forth during the meeting to confirm the existence of the alleged witchcraft practices, neither could villagers name the motorists that are allegedly involved in the practices

Oscar Mandume Kuutondokwa, a young man from Omusimboti area, was the only person who told the meeting that he was disappointed by several individuals falsely linking him to the alleged witchcraft scandal.

The meeting has advised Kuutondokwa to take legal action against the individuals who will continue falsely accusing and linking him to the said witchcraft.

Kuushomwa and Police officials, who attended the meeting, resolved it remains a rumour until such a time members of the Omusimboti community will come forth with evidence to substantiate their allegations.

“We want to clear the air and, therefore, everybody who can testify and identify the culprits should feel free to approach my office, the police and local traditional and church leaders on individual basis,” urged Kuushomwa.