UNAM staff member commits suicide

23 Feb 2016 13:50pm
ONGWEDIVA, 23 FEB (NAMPA) – A staff member of the University of Namibia (UNAM) northern campus, Gosbertus Ausiku Namwandi allegedly committed suicide here on Saturday.
Namwandi was a Human Resource (HR) officer for UNAM's Hifikepunye Pohamba and Oshakati Nursing campuses.
The 41-year-old Namwandi reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at an aunt’s house at his home village of Onaitembu in the Omusati Region.
The incident reportedly took place between 15h00 and 16h00 on Saturday.
A relative who discovered the deceased's body called the police to the scene.
Police Constable Anelly Kashinyange confirmed the death to Nampa on Monday in a media statement, noting that the relative, who discovered Namwandi's body, had to be treated for shock.
Kashinyange said no suicide note was found, and that Namwandi only left a file containing documents and car keys on a bed.
She said police investigations into the matter continue.
Namwandi had been part of the UNAM staff while it was still a college of education. He became the HR officer in 2011 when the institutions merged into the University of Namibia (UNAM).
Namwandi’s colleagues said the deceased never showed any signs that caused concern, saying he was always happy at work.
A fellow staff member explained how he had worked with Namwandi until late on Friday, and said he did not notice anything unusual with him.
“We stayed at the office together until late, and said our goodbyes when we were done working, not knowing that it was going to be the last I will see him.”
The Director of the Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus, Sacky Iipinge described Namwandi as a friendly and ambitious person who was very driven in his career.
“He was a star and always strived to excel in everything he did. It is therefore very saddening to have learned of the death of our colleague,” Iipinge said.
A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday at 17h00 at the Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus.