Man dies in shack fire at Outjo

24 Jun 2014 08:30am
OTJIWARONGO, 24 JUN (NAMPA) – A 36-year-old man was burned beyond recognition in a shack fire at Outjo in the Kunene Region in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations’ Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Monday that the deceased has been identified as Fillemon Nekongo.
His next-of-kin have been informed.
Mbeha said Nekongo worked as a welder at a construction company in Outjo.
It is suspected that he was cooking on a paraffin-powered stove inside his shack in 7de Laan Street at Etoshapoort when the stove burst into flames, setting the shack on fire.
He was alone when the fire broke out.
“Everything inside the shack burned completely, and his remains were found lying on the ground between the bed and the shack’s main door,” the police officer noted.
No foul play is suspected, and the police have opened inquest docket number 03/2014.
The Otjozondjupa police spokesperson also reported that a 59-year-old woman was found dead in an old building at Tsumkwe in the Otjozondjupa Region on Saturday morning.
The woman’s name is known, but is being withheld because it is suspected that she was also raped.
Her relatives have been informed.
“The deceased was allegedly last seen drinking a traditional brew at a neighbour’s house - situated more than 200 metres away from her courtyard - on Friday evening,” said Mbeha.
When she had not returned home by Saturday morning, her children started searching for her.
They found her body lying inside the old building situated next to a shebeen.
Her face and left leg were bruised.
“Fresh blood was still running out of her mouth and nose,” Mbeha explained, adding that it is suspected that she was raped.
No arrests have been made in connection with the matter so far, and police investigations continue.