Mystery fire destroys homestead

Mystery fire destroys homestead

A HOMESTEAD in the Ohangwena Region continues to be plagued by a series of mysterious fires that have destroyed most of the property and residents’ belongings.

In the latest event, a devastating fire gutted most of the homestead of 88-year-old widow Martha Namhindo from Oshela village, about 55 kilometres east of Oshakati. Namhindo was not at home when The Namibian visited and found most of the homestead in cinders.Her 17-year-old granddaughter, Lea Sakarias, said fires had also destroyed most of their belongings.”Most of our clothes, school uniforms, shoes, school and church books, identity and birth documents, bedding, food such as mahangu, baskets and many other belongings have been destroyed by fire and we all, including our grandmother, have been left without nothing, nothing …Our grandmother just went out to go and look for food for us,” Sakarias told The Namibian.The first fire was recorded on May 28 when a sleeping hut was destroyed.Sakarias said that the fires started at various times of the day.Traditional healers had been called in to stop the fires, but with no results, she said.Last year, mysterious fires destroyed homesteads in the Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto regions.In one incident, the homestead of another elderly widow, Theonila Kakaya from Oshoogolo village near Oshikuku in Omusati Region, was destroyed along with her family’s belongings under similar mysterious circumstances.The Council of Churches in Namibia assisted her with a donation of N$3 000 and a grain store full of mahangu.Namhindo was not at home when The Namibian visited and found most of the homestead in cinders.Her 17-year-old granddaughter, Lea Sakarias, said fires had also destroyed most of their belongings.”Most of our clothes, school uniforms, shoes, school and church books, identity and birth documents, bedding, food such as mahangu, baskets and many other belongings have been destroyed by fire and we all, including our grandmother, have been left without nothing, nothing …Our grandmother just went out to go and look for food for us,” Sakarias told The Namibian.The first fire was recorded on May 28 when a sleeping hut was destroyed.Sakarias said that the fires started at various times of the day.Traditional healers had been called in to stop the fires, but with no results, she said.Last year, mysterious fires destroyed homesteads in the Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto regions.In one incident, the homestead of another elderly widow, Theonila Kakaya from Oshoogolo village near Oshikuku in Omusati Region, was destroyed along with her family’s belongings under similar mysterious circumstances.The Council of Churches in Namibia assisted her with a donation of N$3 000 and a grain store full of mahangu.

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