Woman breaks daughter’s arm over spice

16 September 2021 | Crime

TUYEIMO HAIDULA



OSHAKATI

An elderly woman from Omulondo village in the Oshikoto Region allegedly beat her daughter so severely that it caused a fracture in her right arm, which later had to be amputated.

The woman - who cannot be named as she has not been arrested or charged – reportedly beat Wilka Shikongo after she ate spice which was meant to add flavour to the meat. Shikongo (43) is recovering at Onadjokwe State Hospital.

The incident happened around midday on 6 August at Shikongo’s mother’s homestead at Omulondo village in the Olukonda constituency. Oshikoto police confirmed the incident and said they would visit the victim yesterday to find out whether she wants to open a case.

Namibian law only allows the State to open a case on behalf of a victim younger than 18.

Fearing for her life

Acting as a family spokesperson, Shikongo’s sibling said they fear for her life and that their mother might end up killing her.

The man, who preferred not to be named, said their mother attacked Shikongo when one of her grandchildren told the pensioner that her daughter was eating the spice meant for the meat. He said his mother took a large stick (odibo) and began assaulting Shikongo with it.

“She was rushed to Onandjokwe hospital for medical attention. It was after several weeks that the doctor told her they have to amputate the arm,” he said.

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