A University of Namibia student, Johannes Medusalena Muhongo, now institutionalised for stabbing Johannes Shapange at campus last week Thursday, had warned that he would kill if he did not get treatment.
Muhongo was seen stabbing Shapange, with whom he had attended Haimbili Hausiku High School in Ohangwena from Grade 8 to 12, in the early hours of Thursday.
Shapange, who was stabbed 14 times, died at the Roman Catholic Hospital later on the same day.
Muhongo’s sister Meitavelo, also a Unam student, said the deceased’s village, Enhana, is not far from Ondobe where the Muhongos hail from.
A police source said Muhongo admitted stabbing Shapange ‘because he was his enemy’.
“We asked him why he attacked Shapange and he said it was because Muhongo had throttled him in his sleep the previous night, so he decided to kill him the next day,” said the source.
Some students say Muhongo, who until last week was receiving spiritual help from the Unam-based Universal Church, would break out in song while in class saying he was at a memorial service.
Meitavelo confirmed that her brother was receiving spiritual help from Universal Church.
“He was going for prayers due to his mental problem. He once accused our parents of bewitching him and attacked our other brother at some point in the past,” said Meitavelo tearfully.
It’s believed that Muhongo confided his witchcraft fears to Unam social worker, Margret Mainga a week before he snapped up.
Mainga could neither confirm nor deny that she was counseling Muhongo prior to the fatal stabbing but referred The Villager to Edwin Tjiramba, Unam director of information.
Endless calls to Tjiramba’s office went unanswered Friday.
Ironically, the suspended principal of Augustineum School, who made headlines with claims of witchcraft at the school, is a member of the Universal Church.