20 stray sheep killed on B1 road

17 Oct 2013 22:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 17 OCT (NAMP) – Twenty sheep were bumped to death by a truck on the B1 road between Otjiwarongo and Otavi on Thursday morning.
The accident happened at about 24h25, some 10 kilometres from Otjiwarongo.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa, Region Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Thursday that a Zambian-registered truck carrying containers ploughed into the sheep whose owner is yet unknown.
Mbeha said the truck driver said he did not see the sheep on the road, because an oncoming truck had its beam lights on, limiting the visibility of the road.
“He told us that as he approached the oncoming truck, he just heard a terrible noise coming from his truck,” said Mbeha.
He then pulled off to road to check, and discovered the 20 dead sheep on the road.
His truck sustained slight damages to the front bumper.
Mbeha reminded livestock farmers in the Otjozondjupa Region not to graze their animals alongside public roads, as it is against the law.
According to the Traffic and Transportation Act, Act no. 22 of 1999 on the movement of livestock on public roads, the owner of any animal left grazing along the public road unguarded stands accused of an admission of guilt-fine not exceeding N.dollars 1 000.
Mbeha urged farmers to also maintain their farm fences to enclose their livestock.