OPUWO: A 31-year-old Namibian man took his own life in the police holding cells at Khorixas on Sunday after being arrested as a suspect in the double murder of his girlfriend and another man.
According to the police crime report issued yesterday, the deceased, identified as Petrus Hamunyela, was charged with murder on Sunday after he allegedly murdered his girlfriend and another man around 15h00 on Saturday at Torra Bay in the Sesfontein Constituency.
The police said the deceased ordered the man and woman from the car they were sitting in and first chopped the man with a panga in the head several times and then cut his throat.
Hamunyela then also cut the throat of his girlfriend with the same panga.
Hamuyela apparently took his own life with the cord of the shorts he was wearing that was not detected during the body search when he was detained.
Over 300 employees of the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) yesterday commenced a peaceful strike, forced by salary disputes.
The workers have downed tools under the banner of the Namibia Public Workers’ Union (NAPWU), and have vowed to strike until their demands are met.
In an interview with the media yesterday, chairman of the shop stewards at PoN, Nathwell Lizazi said they are demanding a 10 per cent salary increase and 30 per cent housing allowance.
Lizazi said the last increase at PoN was in 2010, when workers got a seven per cent increase on their salaries.
He explained that negotiations between the union and PoN started in November last year, and the two parties can still not come to an agreement.
According to Lizazi, the end-of-year examinations scheduled to start on 29 October this year and the graduation ceremony scheduled for 12 October this year will be negatively affected if the workers are still on strike then.