RA must erect speed humps at roadblocks: Ndeitunga

25 Jun 2017 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JUN (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Inspector General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga on Sunday requested for the Roads Authority (RA) to erect speed humps at all permanent roadblocks to protect police officers from reckless drivers.
The request came after another police officer, Sergeant (2) Aina Magano Iikela, was killed at the Oshiko Roadblock on 15 June when an unlicensed and allegedly intoxicated driver of a pick-up sped through the roadblock while being chased by police. Iikela died on the spot and the pick-up came to halt when it hit a tree.
In a statement read on his behalf at a crime briefing on Sunday, Ndeitunga said he is perturbed by the current situation of four officers losing their lives at various police checkpoints since 2011.
“I am particularly perturbed by the recent road carnage on Namibian roads in which a number of innocent lives were lost, including those of police officers who are hard at work to prevent road deaths.”
Ndeitunga was referring to Iikela’s case in which 22-year-old Erastus Tashiya Petrus was arrested and appeared in court on a charge of murder. Petrus was denied bail at his first court appearance and his case was postponed to 01 September for police investigations.
“One life, be it of an officer or any other road user, is one life too many,” said Ndeitinga.
Other incidents in which police officers were killed include Constable Desmond Gaseb, who was run over on 7 June 2016 by a truck driver at the Windhoek-Okahandja roadblock. The 29-year-old suspect Ekonia Hangula appeared twice in court and is out on a bail of N.dolar 4 000.
Hangula allegedly sped through the roadblock and fled the scene towards Windhoek, where the truck was found abandoned in the Northern Industrial area. He will appear for pre-trail at the Katutura Magistrate’s Court 19 October.
In another case, 46-year-old Delfina Maria Meyer who is currently out on bail of N.dollar 8 000 is waiting for her next court appearance in Sawkopmund due to pending laboratory results regarding the death of 35-year-old Constable Yvonne Oxorus in May 2015.
Meyer is facing charges of culpable homicide, reckless and negligent driving, failure to stop at the scene and to ascertain the nature of injuries, and refusal to provide blood samples for alcohol testing.
On 02 July 2011, Constable Albertina Naambo Uugwanga died instantly in Ongwediva after she was run over by 38-year-old Lucas Eliphas.
Eliphas was charged with murder and driving under the influence. He was convicted on both counts and on the first count he was fined N.dollars 3 000 sentenced to four years imprisonment with two years suspended on the second count.
(NAMPA)
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