Mom and baby homeless following rat attack

By Confidente Reporter

THE young mother of a six-month-old baby boy, whose right eye was eaten by a pack of rats in Windhoek’s Goreangab informal settlement last month, is now homeless. This comes after falling out with her brother, Simon Kuutondokwa, who housed Hambeleleni David and her two children in his shack where he also breeds rodents. It is not clear why Kuutondokwa breeds rats.  To date, Kuutondokwa allegedly did not get rid of the rodents.

David (26) said she has nowhere to go with her minor children and is asking for the public’s assistance to get a shack of her own. After her baby was discharged from hospital following the eye operation last month, David said they have been living in a shack that she was looking after since the owner had travelled to the north for work.

“I could not move back in with my brother. He still did not get rid of his rats, which multiplied in number.  Ever since we were discharged from hospital when my son underwent an eye operation, we have been staying in a shack that I look after because the owner travelled to the north. When the owner returns, I don’t know where to go,” she said.

The fall-out between David and her brother comes after the latter on several occasions apparently refused to get rid of the rodents that ended up attacking David’s last born baby boy. The child was attacked on two separate occasions.

The problem started when Kuutondokwa earlier this year allegedly brought home two rats without telling her why. The rats soon multiplied, with close to 40 currently roaming around in the shack. In the first incident, the rats injured the baby on his nose while in the second attack, the infant suffered serious injuries to his right eye that it had to be surgically removed at the Windhoek Central Hospital last month.

The child also suffers from hydrocephalus, a condition whereby fluid builds up in the cavities of the brain. The child was this week again hospitalised after the eye that was operated on became infected.

At the time of the second incident, Namibian Police Inspector General Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga said the police’s Women and Child Network would look into charging the baby’s uncle and mother for child negligence. However, no arrests or charges have been noted yet.