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Ondonga warns beaters of ‘witches’ – News

Ondonga Traditional Authority Secretary Frans Enkali warns the public not to take the law into their own hands following an incident in which Paulina Kwedhi (67) was assaulted by a group of villagers who accused her of administering poison to her customers.

Kwedhi was attacked on Friday by a group of villagers at Iikango C village in the Oniipa constituency of the Oshikoto region.

She can be seen in a video being brutally attacked with sticks and tree whips.

Enkali says that if the public takes the law into their own hands, it creates anarchy and anarchy in society.

“If we allow that anarchy to prevail, then I will be worried. “I don’t know what future generations are going to be like,” she says.

Eight people have been arrested in connection with the assault.

They are Justus Ngula (45), Josef Nandeki (34), Kapani Shikongo (48), Kapuwapa Ndeulyatele (18), Julia Erastus (42), Sara Josef (49), Helena Kauluma (42) and Veronika Hamukoto (47) .

The eight appeared before the Ondangua magistrate court and were denied bail.

They face charges of assault with intent to cause serious harm, arson and robbery.

Oshikoto Police Deputy Chief of Criminal Investigations Titus Ekandjo yesterday said the group not only assaulted Kwedhi but also burnt his shebeen.

A villager reported to Namibia that Kwedhi was still hospitalized, as her attackers allegedly broke her arm and injured her mouth.

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Earlier this year, residents of Elondo village in the Tsandi constituency were filmed beating a man, tying his legs and arms, and then tying him to a vehicle and pulling him.

The man was found hiding in a barn, which a group of neighbors destroyed to continue beating him.

Omusati Regional Commander Ismael Basson says the man was suspected of cattle theft.

“He was found hiding in a mahangu container after he failed to appear at the traditional court as agreed,” Basson said at the time.

This incident is not isolated.

In July 2019, 31 people were arrested in the Omusati region in connection with the brutal attack on three people accused of poisoning a man in Omushapi village in the Tsandi constituency of the Omusati region.

Police at the time explained that the mob was enraged by the death of their fellow villagers who allegedly fell ill while socializing with friends at a local shebeen.

The man later died at Tsandi district hospital.

The community, along with the man’s family, believed his death was the result of poisoning and not natural causes.

Police said the autopsy report ruled out poisoning as the cause of death and the deceased’s family members were informed of this.

Despite these efforts, the mob ignored the autopsy results and took justice into their own hands.

In 2006, police in Outapi, Omusati region, arrested four people in connection with a mob attack on a woman from Okagongo village, whom they accused of witchcraft.

The mob reportedly accused the woman of witchcraft following the death of another woman in the village.

The victim was hit with bricks, stones, chairs and empty bottles all over his body.

Their village was also removed from the area because “they disturb the peace of the residents with their witchcraft.”

Again in 2006, Okahao police arrested five people, including a police officer, following media reports of a mob attack on two women in the city.

The mob allegedly accused two women of witchcraft and poisoning several city residents.

The two were brutally beaten with fists, sticks and tree branches.

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