Tortured Ohameva CS learner not fully healed

08 Jan 2014 18:40pm
ONGWEDIVA, 08 JAN (NAMPA) - A 16-year-old Ohameva Combined School learner who was in August last year hanged from a tree by his uncle has not yet recovered from the injuries he sustained in the incident.
Silas Akweenda sustained severe injuries when he was hanged from the tree at Elundu lOndjaba village in the Ohangwena Region’s Okongo Constituency.
Akweenda’s uncle, Gabriel Mbwangela Wangushu, accused him of stealing N.dollars 480 from underneath a pillow in his shopkeeper’s bedroom on 25 August.
The boy’s grandmother, Hileni Shimana told Nampa on Wednesday the injuries were severe and Akweenda is still struggling to use his arms.
“His right arm is slowly recovering, but the left one remains paralysed,” Shimana noted, adding that the boy has failed his Grade 8 examinations as he did not have full use of his arms during the end-of-year examinations.
She said she was disturbed by the fact that her grandson was subjected to torture which left him unable to do simple tasks such as washing himself or eating.
Akweenda had been at his uncle’s homestead for the school holidays when the alleged torture took place.
Wangushu, who is a retired prison warden, allegedly hanged him from a tree with a rope for about 30 minutes after he kept denying that he had taken the money.
Akweenda is an orphan and he lives with Shimana, who stays near Wangushu.