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Pregnant woman kills self over missing Ombike

by Jemima Beukes


monica  Nashilote Alberto (36) killed herself last week after she discovered that her traditional liquour (Ombike) disappeared from the one-roomed shack  she shared with her uncle and his girlfriend in the Ombili settlement.
Alberto who was four months pregnant at the time had brought traditional brew from her Onaane village in the Ombalantu region, with the intention of selling it to collect money to cover expenses and to take care of herself and the unborn baby.
“She brought 25 litres of wambo liquour to sell because she was unemployed,” said Bertha Kaandokwa, Alberto’s friend and neighbour.
According to Kaandokwa, Alberto fumed with despair when she discovered that her livelihood had disappeared without trace from their dwelling so she silently decided to end her life.
“She took the key and went to give it to her in-law at a nearby shebeen, then she returned to the shack and locked herself inside where she hung herself.”
Kaandokwa adds that the the girlfriend of the uncle returned to the shack just before noon where she found the shack locked from inside. Surprised and confused she decided to break into the shack by pulling loose one of the corrugated iron-sheets from the shack only to find Alberto hanging lifeless inside.
Alberto is survived with two minors one stays with the father in Babylon and the other is staying with Alberto’s family in the north.
V-Metro however understands that it was the uncle and his girlfriend who made a feast of the 25litre Ombike, by drinking it with their collegues. Chief Inspector Fabian Musweu of Wanaheda Police Station confirmed that the deceased left a suicide note which claimed that, “someone close to her had taken her Ombike without paying.”
Ombike is one of the most powerful traditional brews in Namibia which cannot even be detected by the traffic police’s breathlyser machine.
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