24 Jun 2017 14:20pm
ONGWEDIVA, 24 JUN (NAMPA) Oshana Regional Governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa has called on the management of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the region to redouble their efforts towards combating drunken driving.
His request to Police includes arresting those found under the influence of other prohibited substances.
Kashuupulwa made the call whilst speaking at Ongwediva on Thursday during a NamPol-organised memorial service for Sergeant (2) Aina Magano Iileka, who was run over by an allegedly intoxicated 22-year motorist at the Oshiko Roadblock last week.
NamPol was pursuing the unlicensed driver for driving an allegedly stolen pick-up from Afoti village near Onaanda in the Omusati Region.
The driver is alleged to have first smashed into another pick-up when he was stopped at a checkpoint for inspection before he went on to run over Iileka, who stood on the side of the road. She died instantly after she dragged away from the check point.
The driver went further and hit a nearby tree, leaving the vehicle badly damaged.
Police reported that the driver escaped without injuries and managed to run away from the scene. He was arrested later the same evening.
Another NamPol officer, Albertina Uugwanga, was also run over and killed at the same checkpoint in 2011.
We must learn from the past to avoid something like this from happening again in the region, Kashuupulwa said.
He also encouraged residents in the region to report to Police any person found driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
Acting Manager of the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund at Ongwediva, Sirka Nakashole told those present that 325 people have this year lost their lives in road crashes as of Monday.
The late Iileka joined NamPol in 2011.