Ruacana school girl traced after seven day disappearance

30 Oct 2014 13:20pm
ETUNDA, 30 OCT (NAMPA) – A case of abduction was opened at Oshifo Police station near Ruacana in the Omusati Region, following the disappearance of a 16-year-old female Grade 10 learner from Ruacana High School last week Monday, shortly after her last examination session.
The girl was found only after a seven-day disappearance. She was found at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region on Monday this week.
The girl’s father, Erastus Mashina had told Nampa at Etunda village on Sunday that his daughter was last seen last Tuesday in the company of a young man who is employed at a farming plot of the Etunda Agricultural Irrigation Project.
Mashina, who is also the Swapo Party coordinator for the Ruacana district, said the young man in question is only known in the area as ‘Junior’, and should be from either Oshakati or Ongwediva in the Oshana Region.
“He (Junior) first refused to disclose the whereabouts of my daughter. But last Friday, he revealed to us that she had apparently gone to her relatives at Ongwediva. This was only after I called the Police to help me track down my child,” Mashina said Sunday.
He said his daughter does not have any close relatives in Ongwediva or Oshakati.
“Unless she was with Junior’s relatives,” the worried father charged.
Mashina and his wife Maria continued to track down their daughter until they finally got hold of her on Monday.
“I found her at one of the houses in Ongwediva today and I am with her right now on our way back home,” Mashina replied when Nampa asked him on Monday afternoon if the girl had been found.
He declined to give more details on how he traced the girl or a description of the house where he found her in Ongwediva.
He did however tell this news agency this was not the first time that his daughter had disappeared in this manner.
The girl apparently also left home for two days from 19 to 20 September this year, and her mother traced her to one of the houses of the Etunda Agricultural Irrigation project following a tip-off from members of the local community.
Warrant Officer Lineekela Shikongo of the Namibian Police Force’s (NamPol) Public Relations Unit in the region confirmed on Wednesday that a case of abduction was registered at the Oshifo police station in connection with the disappearance of the girl.
“The case is now in the hands of our Women and Child Protection Unit in the region, which is investigating it,” Shikongo explained.
He added that the names of several young men who have been identified as suspects in the abduction have been provided to the investigating police officials.
The suspects are said to be between 20 and 30 years old.