Kanyetu appeals for assistance in finding missing baby

21 May 2017 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAY (NAMPA) – The police are appealing to anyone with information on the six-month-old baby who went missing at Epupa village last Saturday, to assist them in tracing the baby girl.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s crime investigations coordinator in Kunene, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Kanyetu told Nampa on Saturday the baby has not yet been found.
“People should know that we are dealing with the life of a human being who is in danger, as well as the emotions of a mother who does not know how safe her child is,” Kanyetu said.
The baby girl was on Saturday night allegedly stolen as she slept outdoors by her mother’s side.
The mother informed her family and a search for the missing baby was launched with the assistance of the police, which culminated in the arrest of three suspects, a man and two women.
Dirk Rinovita, 39, Ngombe Tjambiru, 27 and Tjiposa Tjikundi appeared in the Opuwo Magistrate’s Court on Monday and were denied bail.
It is alleged that Rinovita told Tjambiru and Tjikundi about his plan to steal the baby and hand her over to a man.
Kanyetu said this is the first time something like this happens in Kunene and rubbished media reports saying that human trafficking is rife in the region.
“We have only had cases of children getting lost while looking after goats,” he said.
Anyone with information can contact Deputy Commissioner Kanyetu at 0811298238.
“They should not fear anything as their identities will be protected,” he said.