Deceased Tsumkwe constable identified
03 Oct 2013 04:30
OTJIWARONGO, 03 OCT (NAMPA) A member of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) who allegedly shot himself accidently whilst on duty in Tsumkwe on Saturday, has been identified as Constable Kefas Tuhafeni Kefas Vatileni.
The Otjozondjupa Regional Acting Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb told Nampa on Thursday that the deceased and other members of the police force were on their way to the Dobe border post from the Nyae Nyae police sub-station.
The alleged shooting incident occurred at around 18h30 on Saturday.
The Dobe border post is situated some 53 kilometres east of Tsumkwe in the Otjozondjupa Region, and connects Namibia and Botswana.
Khairabeb said Vatileni, 22, and two other police officers were occupying the front seat of a NamPol Land Cruiser.
Vatileni was sitting in the middle of the other two police officers, and shortly before their vehicle made a turn in the direction of the border post, an R5 assault rifle which was assigned to him went off accidentally.
A bullet from the weapon struck Vatileni on the right side of his neck, passing through his right ear, Khairabeb explained.
Vatileni was then transported to the Tsumkwe State Clinic, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Khairabeb said Vatileni joined NamPol in 2010 as a border guard police officer.
He will be buried on Saturday at the Nkonke village in the Kahenge Constituency of the Kavango West Region.