Body found in Kavango River without testicles, nipple and foreskin

19 October 2021 | Crime



The body of Engidius Kayanguya (35) from Rundu’s Sauyemwa township was found floating in the Kavango River last Monday with a number of its parts – including testicles - missing.

This was confirmed by Deputy Commissioner Andreas Shilelo, who yesterday told Namibian Sun that the post-mortem conducted on Kayanguya’s body revealed that his testicles were squeezed out, the tip of his penis cut off and one of his nipples sliced off.

He also sustained two knife wounds to the neck.

Several sources from Sauyemwa told Namibian Sun that the tongue of the deceased and some of his veins were removed by the suspected killer(s).

The Namibian and Angolan police will launch a joint probe into the mysterious death – which could be linked to witchcraft where body parts are harvested for certain rituals.

Shilelo explained that the only evidence the police have is the testimony of the deceased’s friend, who told the police that they illegally crossed into Angola.

According to the friend, the two were arrested by Angolan police officers stationed at Dam Dam border post that Saturday.

Kayanguya escaped from detention after he allegedly asked for permission to go relieve himself, the friend told Namibian police.

The friend paid a fine for crossing into Angola illegally and returned to Namibia, where he found out that Kayanguya had not returned home.

Mob justice

Kayanguya’s family then demanded that the friend take them to the area where he was last seen to look for him.

When the search was fruitless, the community started questioning the friend about Kayanguya’s whereabouts.

On Sunday, Kayanguya was still nowhere to be found.

Shilelo said it was only in the early hours of Monday mroning when Kayanguya’s body was found floating in the Kavango River.

Subsequently, the picked up the friend at Sauyemwa and put him under police protection, as he was in danger from enraged community members who threatened to take matters into their own hands.

Different version

Several sources from Sauyemwa told this publication that prior to Kayanguya’s disappearance, he was allegedly out on an outing at the famous ‘Bikini Beach’, situated along the Kavango River near Sauyemwa.

According to them, it looked as if a group of guys contributed money to have a good time at the river.

The issue of illegally entering Angola has not been confirmed by either the police or other sources.

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