OTJIWARONGO: An 18-year-old Grade 9 learner at the Tsaraxa-Aibes Combined School in the Otjozondjupa the left chin by another 18 year-old classmate at the school gates on Friday.Region was stabbed three times in the head and once more on
A 17-year-old female Grade 9 learner who spoke to Nampa on condition of anonymity on Friday said she had witnessed everything that happened to the victim, Ngurare Alpo.
“I was walking a few metres behind Ngurare at the time that he was stabbed. It was time for us to go home, as we had just knocked off from school some few minutes past one o’clock,” explained the eyewitness.
“We were all walking in one direction towards the main gate of our school, when Ngurare was stabbed with a black scissor by our classmate,” she said, adding that she does not know what led to the stabbings.
She, however, claims to have seen the suspect turning around to face Ngurare, whereafter he started stabbing him mercilessly until he fell to the ground.
The suspect then fled the scene on foot with amazing speed, she continued.
Thereafter, she and another Grade 9 male classmate picked up Ngurare from the ground as he laid in a pool of blood.
They held him on both arms as he was unable to walk upright on his own, and supported him to walk slowly to the office of the school principal.
Ngurare was then rushed to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital, where he was admitted shortly afterwards for medical treatment for the stab wounds before he was discharge in the late afternoon of the same day.
Nampa on Friday spoke to Ngurare’s two brothers, who stood furiously outside the Otjiwarongo State Hospital ward where he was admitted for medical attention.
They both blamed the Tsaraxa-Aibes Combined School’s principal, Wilfriedtine Naobes, of being ignorant, weak and the most incompetent principal in the region.
“I am saying so because how can it be that in a week’s time, two school-children are stabbed by ill-disciplined ones during school hours at the same school, and the principal fails to put up safety measures to protect our children?” asked the victim’s brother Titus Alpo, 30.
He said on Monday, 15 October, a Grade 5 learner was also stabbed badly with a scissor in the head and on the lower eyelid in a classroom at the same school.
The school principal, Naobes, even failed to engage the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the matter, charged Alpo.
Alpo furthermore branded Naobes a useless principal, and he cautioned the Regional Education Directorate in Otjozondjupa to expect worse crimes at that school if nothing is done to tighten safety measures there.
“That school is in a mess. I suggest that the Education director starts to transfer principals like Naobes to lower-primary schools, where they can lead. Naobes has failed to protect our children on many occasions,” fumed Alpo.
Ngurare’s other brother Pedro Alpo, 26, suggested that the police investigate why Naobes had failed to open a criminal case against the learner who stabbed the other one on Monday morning.
The two brothers now fear for the safety of their younger brother and two other siblings attending Grade 9 classes at the Tsaraxa-Aibes Combined School.
They said the schoolyard is not safe anymore for learners and some female teachers here as often, some undisciplined school boys enter classrooms armed with sharp objects.
Some school-learners here apparently started revealing this information after seeing Ngurare having been stabbed on Friday.
“That school principal cannot think at all, that’s why she has done nothing to restore law and order at the school,” charged Pedro Alpo.
Ngurare opened a case of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH) at the Otjiwarongo Police Station against his attacker on Friday, immediately after he was discharged from hospital.
The case is being investigated under CR: No. 87/10/2012.
When contacted for comment on the heavy accusations levelled against her on Friday, Naobes warned this journalist not to dare ever call her private cell phone again.
She then angrily hung up the phone.