Three boys drown in earthen dam

By Maria Hamutenya

IN a tragic mishap, three children, aged 6, 10 and 12 years were found dead over the past weekend after they reportedly drowned in two separate events on Friday in an earthen dam in northern Namibia, where they were playing.

According to incident report provided by the Public Relations Division of the Namibian police, the three boys, identified as Mathias Sheefeni Shikomba (6), Tangitate Ngoloti (10) and Tomas Helao Kambalala (12), went to look after animals on Friday but failed to return. The boys were later found dead in the earthen dam where they were swimming.

It was reported that the two boys Sheefeni and Tomas swam in the dam while looking after the animals and the oldest tried to save the six year old from drowning leading to the oldest drowning as a result.

On the same day Tangitate Ngoloti (10) also did not return home after tending his family’s, he was found floating on an earthen dam when he went swimming with other boys near the Onambaba Villge in Omugwelume.

In an unrelated incident, the police reported that a 21-year old male is currently hospitalised at Keetmanshoop state hospital with serious injuries after the vehicle he was driving overturned on Sunday night. It is alleged that the unlicensed driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn, and leading to the death of one passenger, Christian Kuhlman (19), who was thrown out of the vehicle and died on the spot.

At Karibib, a 22-year-old man handed himself over to the police on Saturday after he reportedly drove away with a white Toyota Hilux while the lawful driver was asleep (resting) inside the car, causing it to crash into a grey Jetta that was parked while being repaired. Four people were bumped, killing one person, a resident of Swakopmund, Mason Awaseb, aged 28. The suspect fled the scene but handed himself over to the police the next day.

Meanwhile, at Mariental a 24-year-old woman was arrested after setting her 44-year-old boyfriend’s house on fire in the early hours of Saturday. The pair were said to have been in a relationship for six months. The fire resulted in properties like a fridge, a television set and sofas being destroyed. The suspect further damaged the windscreen of the victim, causing damage to his car estimated to be N$12,000. The total value of goods damaged was N$590,000, the police said.

In Ohangwena region, two Angolan adult females were robbed at knife point after the driver stopped the vehicle next to the road at Onhuno when two men in a Toyota Corolla jumped out armed with knives. The two males took two bags from the victim’s vehicle containing money and cell phones. The money stolen amounted to N$32 241 in various currencies, and four cellphones valued at N$27,500. No arrest or recovery has been made yet.