INCIDENTS of people committing suicide by hanging themselves in their sleeping rooms are on the increase and the different cases piling up are becoming a cause for concern to the Namibian police.
Police spokesperson for the Ohangwena Region, Abner Kaume Itumba told Informanté of the three separate incidents of suicide that were reported to the police in the region recently, two occurred in the deceased persons’ sleeping rooms.
Filippus Natangwe Dumeni, an adult resident of the Oshalumbu village near Okongo whose age is unknown, hanged himself in his sleeping room presumably Friday night but his lifeless body was only discovered at around 07:00 Saturday.
Moses Nghinyengwa (46) hanged himself in his sleeping room in the Engela laShikondongolo village on 26 February.
In yet another incident, Eliakim Nghituwamata Hainana (43) of Onamhinda village near the border town of Helao Nafidi, committed suicide, but unlike the other two, he hanged himself on a tree where his body was found by villagers in the morning of 22 February.
“The increasing number of people hanging themselves in their sleeping rooms is becoming a cause for serious concern. A sleeping room is supposed to be a space for serenity, not a dangerous place where people commit suicide,” said Itumba.