a35-year-old man was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital on Saturday, after he allegedly sniffed a white drug substance suspected to be cocaine in the DRC informal settlement.
The deceased has been identified as Theofelus Haufiku, a resident of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
His close relatives have been already informed of his death.
According to Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb, the deceased (Haufiku) and five other men were seen drinking liquor at the Hollywood Bar in the DRC informal settlement on Friday evening.
From around 23h00 on Friday, it is alleged that Haufiku and his five friends of Congolese origin apparently stopped drinking the liquor and switched to sniffing a certain white drug substance which is suspected to be cocaine.
“Shortly past midnight on Saturday, Haufiku was found lying in bed at the same bar. He was bleeding from the nose, was in a weakened state and he was vomiting some white foam from his mouth,” said the crime investigation officer.
Khairabeb said Haufiku was then rushed to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital where he was pronounced dead by medical officers there upon arrival.
The other five men were also found lying next to him, and their bodies also appeared weak.
“They were taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital where they are recovering now,” Khairabeb said.
The police investigation in the matter continues under inquest number 05/2013.
Khairabeb warned drug dealers in the region to refrain from their activities before they are arrested.
Meanwhile, a 52-year-old man, draped in Swapo Party colours, was arrested for drunken driving at Grootfontein on Saturday after he allegedly bumped a six-year-old boy with his vehicle near the venue where the opposition RDP party was holding its rally.
The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) was holding its final campaign rally for the Grootfontein Constituency by-election at the Friedrich Awaseb Senior Secondary School sports field when the accident happened.
Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Joseph Anghuwo told Nampa on Saturday that the child was playing in the streets when the car hit him.
The accident interrupted the RDP rally for about 30 minutes, before the police restored order and dispersed the angry crowd of RDP supporters.
Anghuwo said the accused man’s alcohol level was tested with an alcohol breathalyzer; an instrument which analyses alcohol content in the human body.
His alcohol level was recorded at 0.50 milligrammes (mg), surpassing the legal limit of 0.37 mg.
“The accused person was arrested and detained at the Grootfontein Police Station holding cells. He is now facing two charges – firstly, a charge of reckless and negligent driving and the second charge is one of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol,” said Anghuwo.
The boy (Shiimi Samuel) received medical attention at the Grootfontein State Hospital for slight injuries on his forehead and right leg. Nampa