10 Apr 2017 13:30pm
By Mulisa Simiyasa
OTJIWARONGO, 10 APR (NAMPA) - The official driver assigned to Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Jerry Ekandjo died in a road accident outside Okahandja in the early hours of Monday.
Johannes Lusiano, 44, died instantly in a head-on collision between the Government-registered pick-up vehicle he was operating and a sedan.
Lusiano burned in the wreckage of the official vehicle.
The other driver also died on the spot.
Ekandjo was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Lusiano was a sergeant in the Very Important Persons Protection (VIPP) Directorate of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol).
The accident occurred some 30 kilometres outside Okahandja at about 01h00.
NamPol Head of Media Relations, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi confirmed the accident in an interview with Nampa on Monday.
She said the pick-up was coming from the direction of Otjiwarongo towards Okahandja, while the sedan with Oshakati registration headed in the opposite direction.
Each vehicle had one occupant, said Shikwambi.
Shikwambi said the close relatives of the sedan driver, also 44 years old, are yet to be informed.
Ekandjo confirmed the accident in a telephone interview on Monday morning.
He told Nampa via phone the deceased police officer was one of two official drivers assigned to his office.
The deceased was off duty at the time of the accident and was supposed to start work today (Monday), said the minister.
He said Lusiano used the vehicle to check on his livestock near the Oshivelo Gate in the Oshikoto Region.
Ekandjo said it is the fifth road accident involving vehicles assigned to his office since 2012.
In 2013, my other official vehicle was again involved in an accident outside Okahandja. It was followed by another one in 2015 in the Otavi district and another accident in 2016 in the Kavango West Region, said Ekandjo.
In all accidents, Ekandjo was not in the vehicles.
Police investigations into the matter continue.