|Man sues villagers over ?mysterious? creature link|
|Thursday, 10 February 2011 08:37|
A resident of Okaku village who had his homestead ransacked by the police two years ago in an effort to track down ‘mysterious’ creatures is claiming monitory compensation from villagers who are accusing him of witchcraft. Joel Uusiku is allegedly demanding N$100,000 through the traditional authority following allegations from numerous villagers that he is practicing witchcraft and is the owner of the mysterious creatures that have been terrorising Okaku villagers for the past couple of years.
In November 2009, Oshana Police and Nature conservation officers searched traditional huts and buildings on Uusiku’s property after villagers tracking down the creatures claimed the footprints showed that the animals were being safeguarded at his home.
Although police officials came back empty-handed and cleared Uusiku of the allegations, the villagers unleashed their wrath on him and to date are linking him to the alleged witchcraft-related bloodsucking creatures. The defamation of character file at the traditional authorities comes in the wake of reports that the carcass of yet another mysterious creature was found at Okaku village over the weekend.
Although the creature, found by a small child in the bush on Saturday morning, was identified by Nature Conservation as a brown hyena, villagers continue to insist that Uusiku is responsible for the creatures.
Likewise, last year March when stray dogs were gunned down by the Police at the Okahenge village, residents said the creatures had ‘turned themselves into dogs to deceive people’.
“We are not stupid; we know these creatures are not dogs. Where have you seen a dog sucking the blood of a goat and leave the meat? Those things don’t even have tongues. They have changed themselves into dogs to deceive people, but we know better” one villager told Informanté at the time.
At Okahenge village seven goats from three homesteads were devoured by the ‘mysterious’ creatures, while killing over 20 more goats at Onheleiwa, Oidiva and Oikango village – all in the Ongwediva constituency.
A 16-year-old boy from Okaku village also died from rabies after he was attacked by dog-like creatures in the presence of his sister.