… After police probe into artificial insemination saga
By Hileni Nembwaya
AN Oshakati-based medical practitioner, Tarek Gouda, is facing criminal charges, after it was revealed that he allegedly used his own sperm to artificially inseminate a businessman’s wife.
The Egyptian doctor allegedly misled his patients about the source of the sperm.
Johannes Ndume, who is threatening to sue Gouda for N$2 million, filed a police case against the doctor last week.
“I have filed a police case against Gouda. However, the police are still trying to formulate the relevant charges to charge him,” said Ndume.
A police investigator from the commercial branch at the Oshakati police station told Confidente this week that the charge sheet has been forwarded to the Office of the Prosecutor-General.
The PG will assist in formulating the final charges and also give feedback on what further investigations are required.
“At this moment, there is nothing we can say, because we are still waiting for the PG’s decision. It is a civil case, but we have realised that the whole story contained a series of possible police charges, and thus we forwarded it to the PG,” said the police officer, who preferred anonymity.
Toini Iipumbu (32) and her 47-year-old husband had been struggling to conceive naturally, and in December 2015 approached Dr Gouda for assistance at his practice in the northern town.
The doctor took sperm samples from the husband to use in a series of insemination attempts, but allegedly ended up using his own sperm during the procedure that finally led to the couple conceiving.
The torrid saga has been laid bare in documents, which are in possession of Confidente, and which indicate that Iipumbu had been employed by the doctor since 2006, as an administrator.
After the artificial insemination procedure in which the doctor’s sperm was used, Iipumbu gave birth to a light-skinned baby boy in February this year, named Jay H. Ndume.
She lost her job during her maternity leave, after the doctor allegedly told her in an SMS that he was not comfortable being around her.
Ndume said that the doctor’s actions ruined his marriage and life.
He said that although they tried to move on with their marriage, there was always tension in their household after the birth of the baby, to the extent that his wife moved out. She is now renting a place of her own, with the baby.
“I named the child and had some counselling from both families and tried to move on. Our life has turned into a mystery amongst friends and family members, because of what he has done to our marriage.
“My wife has contemplated divorce proceedings against me, as she is no longer convinced that things will ever be the same again in our marriage. My wife had deserted our common home and is now renting a flat with his child,” Ndume wrote.
He further wrote that he had confronted the doctor, who admitted what had happened, before offering the couple N$100 000 to keep quiet about the matter.
The doctor has paid N$40 000 in cash so far, but allegedly stopped the payments, after he feared that Ndume might report the matter to various authorities
Ndume also said that the doctor allegedly sent him a text message, requesting him to write an affidavit stating that for the payments to continue until September this year, he should not expose the story.
He also said that the act was deliberate, before adding that he is incomplete without his wife.
“Let me also inform you that my life without my wife is nearly zero. My life with my wife can never be proportional to any monetary value; (you can never) think that by advancing that small amount, you are currently paying, will wipe away the pain and emotional suffering that you have caused my family.
“You were the doctor, you were the employer of my wife, you had the power to manipulate and do as you wished with her,” Ndume said.
Efforts to reach Dr Gouda proved futile.
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