30 Jul 2013 05:10
OTJIWARONGO, 30 JUL (NAMPA) A 33-year-old man appeared in the Otavi Magistrates Court on Monday, charged with reckless or negligent driving after a bus he was driving nearly collided with the motorcade of First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba.
Leevi Emmanuel Ndara was granted bail of N.dollars 1 000 by Otavi Magistrate Clara Malilo Mwilima.
Public Prosecutor Leonard Tjiveze told Nampa in a telephonic interview that the case was postponed to 18 September this year for the accused to engage a legal representative.
Ndara faces five charges related to reckless or negligent driving, said Tjiveze.
These are reckless or negligent driving; inconsiderate driving; failing to stop after a motor-vehicle accident; failure to ascertain damages to the vehicle; and failure to render assistance to injured persons, if any, after a road accident.
Ndara was informed of his legal rights, and opted to engage a private lawyer.
The accident happened about 24 kilometres outside Otavi on the way to Otjiwarongo.
It is alleged that Ndara was driving a minibus from Otavi to Otjiwarongo, while the motorcade which carried Pohamba was driving in the opposite direction.
The Police Commander of the Otjozondjupa Region, Commissioner Joseph Anghuwo refused to comment on the case when approached by this reporter on Monday, and simply referred this agency to the office of the Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga.
Several attempts to get a response from Ndeitunga proved futile, as he was said to be in a meeting the whole day. But he did, however, confirm the incident to the Namibian Sun newspaper on Monday.
A policeman close to the investigation told this agency that Ndara allegedly swerved his bus into the lane of the motorcade, forcing both vehicles in the convoy to drive off the road into the bushes.
One of those vehicles was seriously damaged, while minor injuries were reported on some of the passengers, whom the police officer refused to identity as investigations are underway.