relatives of a 53-year old woman from Divindu area in the Kavango Region who died on her way from a shebeen last week say she succumbed to the cold and heavy drinking.
Kavango regional crime investigation co-ordinator, deputy commissioner, Willie Banton, confirmed an inquest in the death of Ndambu Mestilde.
“We understand that she passed out after her drinking spree on her way home. She fell asleep and died from the cold,” Banton said.
Mestilde’s cousin, Martin Diyeve confirmed the death saying she died just about a kilometre away from their home.
“It’s very cold around here because of the river. She must have died from that. We still haven’t got a report from the hospital on the cause of death, though,” said Diyeve.
He added that he had met her earlier in the evening at the shebeen where she had been drinking with a group of men and women.
One of the men, Markus Kutenda, said Mestilde had confided in him that she had not eaten for three days.
“She told me that she had not eaten for three days and I kept telling her to go eat something before continuing with her drinking but she said she preferred to drown her sorrows in booze.
“She said she had so many problems and drinking gave her some comfort. When I told the family, they didn’t want to hear anything about it,” said Kutenda.
However, Diyeve said he was aware of Kutenda’s claims and strongly refuted them, saying he’s a drunk who did not have the decency to escort a female friend home when she needed him the most.
“This guy is spreading stories in the village that Mestilde was having problems and that we neglected her. It’s not true. Where was he when she was going home? How do you leave a woman to go home alone in the dark? He’s one of the guys who had been of bad influence to Mestilde,” said Diyeve.