Kavango olice still searching for drown victim's remains

10 Jul 2013 11:30
MBAPUKA, 10 JUL (NAMPA) ? The remains of the eight-year-old girl who drowned in the Okavango River at the Mbapuka village some 190 kilometres east of Rundu at the beginning of July, are yet to be recovered.
The deceased and nine other children were allegedly crossing the river in a canoe from Namibia into Angola on 01 July when the incident occurred.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)?s Kavango Regional Crime Investigations? Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Willie Bampton told Nampa on Wednesday the children had been afraid of something they assumed was a hippopotamus in the river.
Frightened of the unknown object, the children jumped out of the canoe, and nine of them managed to reach the river banks.
The deceased has been identified as Mayinga Kapinga, an Angolan national.
Deputy Commissioner Bampton said the nine other children are also Angolan, and attend school at the Mbapuka Primary School in Namibia. They cross the Okavango River every day to get to and from school.
Kapinga?s next of kin have been informed, and the police search for her remains continues.