Otjozondjupa to hold prayer day for accident-free B1 road

08 Nov 2015 10:50am
OTJIWARONGO, 08 NOV (NAMPA) – The Otjozondjupa governor, constituency councillors and pastors from various congregations on Friday agreed to hold a prayer day for an accident-free B1 road during the upcoming festive season.
The B1 road which passes through the region has become notorious for road accident. During the holiday season the road is especially busy as many people travel to their holiday destinations.
“We don’t want to lose any life during this festive season, that’s why we want to humble ourselves before God and ask for his divine intervention in these continuing road crashes in the region on the B1 road,” Otjozondjupa governor Otto Ipinge told Nampa in an interview on Friday.
Ipinge said the B1 road between Okahandja and Otavi is one of the busiest this time of the year, and often the scene of some of the most horrific accidents.
He said the road has already taken away the lives of many productive citizens.
Recently, on 03 November 2015 a horrific accident occurred on the B1 road after an Isuzu pick-up collided head-on with a mini-truck, claiming four people’s lives (three women and one man) on the spot between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo.
Amongst other road crashes, on 12 September 2015 an accident that occurred between Otavi and Otjiwarongo also led to the death of the Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Financial Institutions’ Supervisory Authority (Namfisa), Phillip Shiimi.
Ipinge said the regional mass prayer day will take place on 23 November.
“The main event is expected to take place on Monday, 23 November 2015 between 13h00 and 15h00 at the Otjiwarongo-Otavi police roadblock outside Otjiwarongo,” he said.
The governor’s office will in the meantime write a letter to the Office of the Prime Minister to request permission to have public servants in the region get the day off so they can attend the event.
He said several pastors and constituency councillors of Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Otavi and Grootfontein will be actively involved in this regional prayer day.
Ipinge’s office has also asked that localvprivately-owned buses transport participants from town to the venue (the roadblock), situated approximately four kilometres north of Otjiwarongo.
The governor said residents of Okahandja, Otavi and Grootfontein who want to join in the prayer event will be informed where the prayer session will be conducted in their respective towns.
The event is open to all who would like to attend.