Body of five-year-old found in riverbed at Epupa

21 Feb 2018 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 21 FEB (NAMPA) – The body of a five-year-old boy was found in a riverbed at Okozondu village in the Epupa Constituency on Tuesday.
The Namibian Police (NamPol) Force’s crime investigations coordinator for Kunene, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Kanyetu told Nampa on Wednesday the boy had been herding goats when he went missing on Saturday.
He has been identified as Moyo Tjiposa.
Kanyetu said Tjiposa’s body was found by a villager who was looking for his lost livestock.
The boy’s body was taken to the Opuwo mortuary for a post-mortem.
Kanyetu once again appealed to the community members to stop using children as young as five to herd livestock, especially during the rainy season.
“I appeal to traditional leaders as well as those in conservancies, not excluding churches, to help with getting the message across,” he said.
He said Kunene has a record of children going missing due to what he termed, negligence by their parents.
Two minors were reported missing in January at Otjivaava village in the Epupa Constituency, while another two children aged four and five went missing for a few days late last year at Okongoro village in the Sesfontein Constituency after they were sent to collect horses.
Kanyetu told this news agency the police and the relevant authorities are busy working on measures to legally hold parents accountable should their children go missing and it turns out to be because of negligence.