Drowned victim?s remains not recovered yet

17 Jul 2013 05:10
MBAPUKA, 17 JUL (NAMPA) - The remains of the eight-year-old girl who drowned in the Okavango River at the Mbapuka village, some 160 kilometres east of Rundu at the beginning of July, are still missing.
The deceased and nine other children were 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 that the police?s Water Wing and family members have been searching for the remains for over two weeks now, but to no avail.
The search, nonetheless, continues.
It is alleged that 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 earlier 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 already been informed.