24 Jan 2016 16:40pm
OPUWO, 24 JAN (NAMPA) The governor of the Kunene Region has appealed to all who intend to attend the funeral of the seven people who died after eating alleged poisoned porridge to avoid politicising the funeral.
The victims, who are all related,will be laid to rest at Otuzemba settlement in the Kunene Region on Monday.
Angelika Muharukua said this here on Thursday when she accompanied former Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Libertine Amathila to the bereaved family's residence at Otuzemba.
Amathila was in Opuwo to pay her condolences to the family of the victims.
Muharukua said she is grateful to the Namibian nation for positively responding to her call by assisting the bereaved family and meeting the government halfway.
She however called on all who will be attending the funeral, especially political parties, to not use the solemn occasion as a political platform.
We must conduct this funeral in the spirit of one Namibia, one nation as we have been since we heard of this unfortunate happening, which is the first of its kind to happen in our region, she said.
According to Muharukua, some leaders of political parties were making their donations sound politically-biased.
Meanwhile, Amathila described the passing on of the seven people as unfortunate and a big loss to the Namibian nation.
She told Nampa during her visit to the bereaved family that the father of two of the victims, a certain Horo Tjiposa helped her with the allocation of land where the Ovatwe and Ovatjimba have been resettled at Otjomuru.
It is very hard for me not to come and attend the funeral of someone who helped me when the community members and leaders were against the allocation of land to these people,Amathila said.
According to information obtained from the police, it is alleged that the children prepared porridge for consumption, but decided to add the dried sediment of traditional beer to make the porridge thick enough to eat.
The victims reportedly started vomiting and suffered severe diarrhoea after consuming the porridge.
A dog that ate of the allegedly poisoned porridge also died.
The unfortunate incident occurred at Otjikondavirongo village, in the Epupa Constituency of the Kunene Region.
The porridge claimed the lives of Kakuriua Tjiposa, 11, last Saturday and of Kataeko Tjindunda,Tjanakambendje Tjindunda, and Mbatajao Tjiposa, all aged three, last Wednesday.
Another victim, Mukaapita Tjindunda, aged one, died last Thursday, also in the Oshakati State Hospital, while Tuapatua Tjiposa, 22, died Friday morning in the same hospital.
Vekondja Tjiposa, 33, died Thursday afternoon in the Oshakati State Hospital.
By Saturday morning,the financial donations made by various companies, political parties, churches, traditional and individuals to assist the family as requested by Muharukua, was reported to be N.dollars 61 345.