an Outapi woman, Panduleni Kandume, was beaten up last week by her best friend’s boyfriend, Victor Haukongo, for delaying to return his girlfriend’s dress.
She says she had borrowed the dress from her best friend, Pauline Ambondo, to attend a funeral at Oshigambo but was unable to return it on time due to work commitments.
“We live about 2km away from each other. I was at Onandjokwe with work and was unable to take the dress back on time,” says Kandume, adding, she sent her friend a text message to inform her about the delay and Ambondo did not have a problem with that.
“When I got back to Outapi, I had intentions of taking back the dress that evening but somehow, someone told Victor I was around and he decided to pay me a visit,” she relates.
Victor who was tipsy when he arrived at Kandume’s place, did not want to listen to her explanations. “When I talked back, he started pushing me around. When I tried to push him out of our yard, he began slapping me,” recounts 25-year-old Kandume, adding, Victor also kicked her in the back before people from a nearby bar rushed to her rescue.
“If it wasn’t for them, only God knows what that man could have done to me. He was shouting and cursing while being pushed out of my house by the people,” says Kandume.
Victor has admitted to assaulting Kandume but insists he only lost his cool after she spat at him in the chest.
The black dress, Victor says, he had bought for his baby’s mother, Ambondo, because it was a perfect wear for a funeral. So he felt obligated to confront Kandume about it.
“I lost control because she spat on my chest. She cursed me first just because I had asked about my girlfriend’s dress. I am the one who bought that dress. Why was she refusing to return it? She was playing games every time my girlfriend asked her about the dress,” fumes Victor.
The dress has since been returned to Ambondo and Kandume says there is no bad blood between she and her friend.
“It’s not true Ambondo had sent Victor to beat me. She’s not that type of person. I told her what had happened and she begged me not to go to the police and even apologised on his behalf,” states Kandume.