Oshivelo-Omuthiya road accident victims yet to be identified

26 Feb 2016 11:30am
ONGWEDIVA, 26 FEB (NAMPA) – The DNA analysis on the bodies of 13 people burnt beyond recognition in the tragic road accident near Casablanca settlement on the Omuthiya-Oshivelo main road will take about two more weeks.
Crime Coordinator of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Oshikoto Region, Deputy Commissioner Naomi Katjiua revealed this information on Thursday at a meeting between family members of the accident victims and the task committee assigned to the case.
The meeting was held at the Ongwediva service centre of the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund.
The task committee consists of representatives from institutions such as the MVA Fund, Oshikoto Regional Council (RC), NamPol, Namibia Red Cross Society and victims’ immediate family members.
Katjiua said the DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) analysis has thus far managed to positively identify only three bodies of the victims.
She described it as a time consuming exercise that requires absolute patience on part of the victims’ family members and/or relatives.
Katjiua said NamPol will only be able to release the names of the victims once all their bodies are positively identified but that is not easy or quick.
According to her, the DNA process is made more difficult by the factor of some victims not having parents alive.
Most victims hail from the Omusati Region, while other affected regions are Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Kavango West, Oshana and Khomas.
MVA Fund Senior Manager: Accident and Injury Prevention, Sidney Boois told the meeting that a mass memorial service for the victims is envisaged to take place on the site of the accident on the 10 or 11 March 2016.
NamPol has volunteered to facilitate transportation of the bodies from Windhoek to their respective families once the DNA analysis process is completed.
The accident in question took place between a minibus carrying 16 people and a truck occupied by its driver and a female passenger.
It was a head-on collision that caused the two vehicles to burst into flames upon impact, leaving 15 people dead on the spot.
The bodies of two of the 15 victims were identifiable from the scene; only one person from the minibus has survived plus the truck driver and his passenger.