joshua Auwanga Nangolo, 31, committed suicide in a mahangu field at Oshifo Village near Ruacana Constituency in Omusati Region, a day after coming out of a mental hospital last week.
According to his mother, Nakwenye Tobias, Nangolo had been suffering from a mental health condition for a number of years; something she said started after he suffered a bout of malaria earlier in his life.
“He started by getting sick of malaria, the type that affects your mental stability. Somehow, the mental problem dragged on for years,” she said, adding that Nangolo had to drop out of high school due to the problem.
Over the years, he has been in and out of hospital and was re-admitted for the same mental problem recently.
Nangolo, Tobias said, came out of the hospital and spent the whole day by himself. She said the last time she saw him was when he was leaving his room in that morning only to find him later that day dead in a mahangu field.
“He left his room that morning and we did not see him for the rest of the day,” said Tobias. She related that the family made the shocking discovery later that afternoon when they found him hanging from a tree in a mahangu field; he had used a wire to end his life.
“I was too devastated to really get involved after that. The police later came to fetch his body. He has had a difficult life since his first malaria attack,” Tobias mourned.
She said that no one in the family knows the reason why he killed himself making the matter difficult to comprehend, as he never spoke much, to anyone in or out of the family.
“I have always feared this would happen sooner or later but it could have been easier to deal with it if there was some kind of explanation to this unfortunate situation. We are all left in the dark as to why he decided to end his life,” she said tearfully.