Man dies of panga injuries in Omusati


Police in the Omusati Region have arrested a 64-year-old man for chopping another man to death at the Oshana Region’s Uuvudhiya Constituency on Wednesday.

Confirming the incident on Sunday, Sergeant Hesekiel Hamalwa of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s public relations’ unit in the region said the incident took place at about 23h00 on Wednesday evening near the Ondjungulume village’s Oshigongi Shomeya cuca shops.

Police identified the victim as 49-year-old Mateus Nghifikepunye Mwatila, who was employed as a domestic worker in the area.

Mwatila hails from the Omundudu village in the Ohangwena Region.

He suffered severe injuries to the left arm and nose, and died in the Oshikuku Roman Catholic Hospital on Thursday.

Hamalwa told Nampa that the deceased ambushed the suspect in a bush near the said cuca shops, hit him with a bottle of water and stabbed him with a knife on one of his arms.

The suspect retaliated and hit the deceased with a panga.

The fight followed a quarrel between the two because the suspect was allegedly grazing his goats in the crop fields of others in the area deliberately.

The suspect, who is from Onandjo village of the Omusati Region’s Otamanzi Constituency, was arrested on Thursday, and he is due to appear in the magistrate’s court at Okahao on Monday.