Pastors’ wives slapped with murder charges over deadly concoctions

Eba Kandovazu

THE police has confirmed the arrest of two women, barely two weeks following the arrests of their pastor husbands after they allegedly administered a deadly concoction into the rectums of three people from which they may have succumbed at Nkurenkuru.

Namibian Police, Spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi, says the two women, Corneria Sikukutu and Maria Fernando, were also part of the administration of a methylated spirit, salt, vinegar and olive oil the deceased, Evaristus Ndumba, Roberta Ndumba and Hilma Simbaranda, who are all family members. A fourth family member survived the ordeal.

Shikwambi says the two women were granted N$ 800 each because they have babies. They appeared in the Rundu Magistrate’s court last week. Like their husbands, the duo faces three charges of murder and one of attempted murder. The pastor, identified as Hamutenya Engelberth,25, and his assistant, Elia Ihemba,36, were apprehended and charged with three counts of murder and one attempted murder count.

Kavango West Regional Crime Coordinator, Commissioner Abner Agas, stated that the duo was also remanded in custody for their own safety. According to him, public members have been infuriated by their actions. The four suspects will return to court on 12 January, 2022 while police investigations are continuing.

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