Seemingly 'confused' man in police custody at Otjiwarongo

31 Dec 2014 20:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 31 DEC (NAMPA) – Police in Otjiwarongo are requesting public assistance in identifying a 45-year-old man who is seemingly confused and does not remember where he comes from.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha said the man has identified himself as Gideon Ndumbe.
Ndumbe has been held under the care of police at Otjiwarongo for the past week.
Mbeha said the man has not been clear about his origins and claims to have come from either Kalkfeld, Okondjatu or Otjiwarongo.
“He however has no relatives in any of those towns. He also has no identification documents with him,” noted Mbeha.
Ndumbe was brought to the Otjiwarongo Police Station last Tuesday (23 December 2014) by some police officers who were travelling from the Kunene Region.
The police officers had apparently found him walking alone on foot along the road between Kamanjab and Outjo.
They stopped to ask him where he was coming from, and where he was headed to.
“He said he was going to Outjo where he had apparently come from originally. The police officers then offered him a ride to Outjo, but he changed his destination upon arrival at Outjo,” explained Mbeha.
At Outjo, Ndumbe allegedly told the police officers that he is originally from Okondjatu and wanted to be taken there.
At that point, the officers decided to simply transport him to the Otjiwarongo Police Station, as he had also mentioned that he was from Kalkfeld, even though he does not have relatives there.
Ndumbe had a bag with him, and a newly-issued state hospital health passport was found amongst his clothes.
His health record states that he was medically treated for an arm injury at the Okongo District Hospital in the Ohangwena Region on 30 November this year.
On 08 December 2014, Ndumbe was also in Ondangwa State Hospital in the Oshana Region, where he was treated for another arm injury.
He was then again also treated for the arm injury at the Roman Catholic Hospital in Oshikuku in the Oshana Region on 11 December 2014.
The health passport does not state anything on his mental state.
“He claims to be Oshikwanyana speaking, but he can only express himself in Otjiherero, not Oshikwanyana,” said Mbeha.
Mbeha is now urging members of the public to call the Otjiwarongo Police Station at 067 300600 if they are missing a relative.
Ndumbe is dark in complexion, estimated to be 1.70 metres tall, with a slim body, and does not have teeth in the lower part of his mouth.