According to Kanute's workmate Robert Elias, he started complaining about abdominal pain and discomfort at work on Thursday after eating 'matangara' (offal) he was given by the owner of the drinking spot he usually patronises.
Elias said people at home gave Kanute cooking oil and then milk to induce vomiting after they observed that his stomach was swelling.
“The milk and cooking oil made Kanute throw up the 'matangara' he had eaten,” Elias said.
Elias said Kanute told them he was feeling much better after throwing up, but some hours later he again complained of the abdominal discomfort and pain.
Elias said Kanute was taken to the local clinic for treatment the next day, and when he went to relieve himself the following morning, he excreted “a thing which looks like a snake”.
“I measured the thing, which was still alive, with a measuring tape and it was 1,65 metres long,” Elias added.
Elias said Kanute put the “strange creature” in a plastic container, and he accompanied him (Kanute) to Keetmanshoop hospital.
“The doctor who had examined Kanute, told us it was a tapeworm,” said Elias, adding that Kanute was discharged after being given treatment.
“The doctor only gave him the same medicine he had been given at the local clinic,” Elias remarked.
Geingob toured Zambezi, Kavango East and West regions last week.
“I told them I still visit them because I care,” he said when he launched the first National Dialogue on Poverty in Windhoek on Friday.
Geingob said his visits give him time to listen and that he intended to fulfil the promises he made at his inauguration.
He said town hall meetings will be held in each region for the people to articulate solutions to national issues.
It is through dialogue, he said that Namibians can find solutions on how to redistribute wealth.
“The other aspect we have to consider in our war against poverty is access to land,” he said.
Geingob said land is a tool for empowerment, wealth creation and distribution as well as poverty eradication.