09 Sep 2013 05:00
OTJIWARONGO, 09 SEP (NAMPA) - The six people who perished in an accident last Tuesday after the pick-up they were travelling in collided head-on with a truck on the B1 road between Otjiwarongo and Okahandja, have been identified.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Monday that five of the deceased persons, including the driver of the pick-up, originate from the Kavango Region.
She identified the deceased as 55-year-old Lawrence Mukwazo Sizuka, who was the owner and driver of the pick-up; Ludwig Ndango, 32; Markus Shibobo Matheus, 36; Johannes Kahutji, 28; Joseph Ndemupanda Handimba, 28; and Abel Mbangu Albert, who is suspected to be in his early 20s.
Their relatives have been informed of their deaths.
Mbeha said Handimba was laid to rest on Saturday in the Kavango Regions Mpungu area, while Sizuka will be laid to rest on Tuesday at the Sifuwe village in the Linyanti Constituency of the Zambezi Region.
Four other accident victims who sustained injuries and who were transferred to the Katutura State Hospital last Wednesday are Maria Konyani, 42; Sandra Mwilima, 6; Bobby Sizuka, 8; and the nine-year-old Candy Mwilima.
According to Mbeha, only Bobby Sizuka is still receiving medical treatment at the Katutura State Hospital and is in a stable condition, while the rest have already been discharged from this hospital.
Last Wednesday, the Otjozondjupa Regional Police Crime Investigations Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb said the accident occurred at around 21h15, approximately 76 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo on the way to Okahandja.
Ten people, including the driver, had been travelling in a GWM pick-up with Katima Mulilo registration number when it collided head-on with a truck on Tuesday.
The pick-up was apparently travelling from Katima Mulilo to Windhoek when the accident occurred.
He said the two occupants of the truck - including the driver - escaped the accident unhurt.
The truck was transporting goods destined for Katima Mulilo.
Police investigations into the cause of the accident continue.