Young mom hacked to death

19 August 2019 | Crime

A 23-year-old woman was brutally murdered this past Friday in Kavango West, allegedly by her long-time boyfriend, who hacked her to death with an axe and also injured her mother.

The incident happened at Sikali village in the Ncuncuni constituency at around 01:30, when the victim, Naimi Ngambo Kalenga, was murdered, allegedly by the suspect with whom she has been involved in an intimate relationship for the past eight years.





According to acting Kavango West police crime coordinator, Nikolaus Kupembona, the suspect, who is believed to be in his early 30s, allegedly killed the victim by striking her on the head, as well as both arms, with the traditional axe.

The victim died at the scene.

Before fleeing, the suspect allegedly also used the same axe to strike the left shoulder of the victim's mother, when she approached the shack after hearing her daughter's screams.

Kupembona said the suspect fled to Angola, which is his country of origin, and was arrested the same day by Angolan authorities. He faces a charge of murder, read in conjunction with the Combatting of Domestic Violence Act, and another count of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm. Kupembona said a formal repatriation process will now commence between the Namibian and Angolan governments.

It is still unclear what triggered the incident and police investigations continue.



Shocked

The mother of the victim, Emilia Nangula Siami, told Namibian Sun she was shocked.

She described her daughter as a quiet person, who was hardworking and the breadwinner of the family.

Siami, who was in tears, said she was woken up by her daughter screaming: 'Mother I am dying'.

“When I heard the screams, I recognised it was my daughter and then I approached their shack. When I approached the shack I found the suspect coming out with an axe and when he saw me, he hit me with it on my left shoulder and he ran away. When I went into the shack I found my daughter already dead, with their one-year-old child under her,” Siami said.

“This has come as a shock to us; they were always together,” she said.

She revealed her daughter only reported to her once that the suspect had assaulted her, but that happened in Angola a long time ago.

Siami said her daughter and the suspect would occasionally travel to Angola, and prior to the incident, they were only in Namibia for the past two months.

When asked about the behaviour of the suspect, she said he used to leave the house and come back under the influence of alcohol, but was never violent towards anyone.

The victim is survived by her three children - aged six, three and one - as well as eight siblings.

The family is calling on assistance to bury her, saying they are struggling to raise funds.

“As you know it's not the end of the month and we do not have money to have a proper burial for our beloved, deceased child. We are therefore calling on any Good Samaritan out there to assist us with whatever they can,” the family said.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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