The Swapo-Party on Wednesday honoured its polling station agent who allegedly committed suicide after passing his party’s confidential information to a wrong person during the just-ended voting process, with a full party funeral reports NAMPA.
Jona Joseph Kulukuteni, 49, was a Swapo-Party agent at the Onanghonda Primary School polling station in the Endola constituency of the Ohangwena region during the first day of voting for the 2009 Presidential and National Assembly elections last Friday.
From the Onanghonda Primary School polling station, Kulukuteni proceeded to the Ondjadjahui polling station, also in the Endola constituency, where he was relieved of his duties by other Swapo-Party agents on Friday evening.
He committed suicide by allegedly hanging himself with a rope from a tree in his crop field at the Ongha village, also in the Ohangwena region, at about 04h00 on Saturday after his arrival at home at about 24h00 on Friday evening.
The deceased’s elder brother, Eliazer Komutunu Kulukuteni, told reporters last Sunday that his younger brother woke up his wife and sons to tell them that he made a terrible mistake that would cost him a life-long prison sentence.
The deceased party agent’s reasons for having committed suicide, according to his brother, was that he had passed the Swapo-Party’s elections’ document bearing confidential information to a wrong person at the Ondjadjahui polling station.
He told members of his family that he passed the information document to a certain Rauha Shuuya, and he felt very bad about it.
However, it was detected later that Shuuya was one of the two Swapo-Party agents that replaced the deceased and his colleague, Matilde Nghinongelwa, at the Ondjadjahui station.
Family members said the deceased and Nghinongelwa were Swapo-Party agents at a mobile team that administered the voting process at the Onanghonda Primary School near Ongha on Friday.
Shuuya and Kandenge Hamoomo, who took over as new Swapo-Party agents when the Onanghonda mobile team shifted to Ondjadjahui on Friday evening, apparently relieved the two of their duties.
Ohangwena regional councillor for the Endola constituency, Ruth Nhinda also attended the funeral service that took place at the Ongha branch of the Anglican Church.