President Mourns Crash Victims

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WINDHOEK President Hifikepunye Pohamba has expressed shock and sadness over last weekend’s accident that claimed 12 lives on the Kalkrand/Rehoboth main road. In his statement, the Head of State described the accident as one of the worst the country has experienced this year in which so many people lost their lives. “On behalf of the Government of and people of the Republic of Namibia and indeed on my own behalf, I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences to the bereaved families of all the people who lost lives in that fatal accident. “The Government and people of Namibia share your grief and sorrow and the tormenting pain that you are currently undergoing as a result of the loss of your loved ones,” he said. Pohamba then appealed to the nation, particularly road users to exercise caution when driving by being alert and sober at all times in order to avoid unnecessary loss of lives. “The safety of our people on the road is of paramount importance. It is therefore crucial for all road users to adhere to traffic rules and regulations at all times. The regulations are there to protect us,” the President said. The Congress of Democrats, in a statement said the accident was a wake-up call for Namibians to pray for peace in Namibia. CoD’s Secretary General Kala Gertze, who was a witness to the horrific accident conveyed the party’s condolences to the bereaved families, relatives, friends and communities who “have been severely and tragically robbed of so many people whose lives have been of common uncountable value to them and to many others”. “It is my conviction that that accident calls upon us to pray for peace wherever we are in this country,” said Gertze. On Tuesday, the Namibian Police identified eight of the 12 persons who died in the horrific head-on crash on Sunday. The deceased include Anton Johannes, 33; Eliaser Moss, 7; Julius Kolonelius, 39; Helena Uiras, 46; minibus driver Japhet Karigub, 25; Kambonde Ntinda, 39; Hendrick Moss, 50 and 25-year-old Eva Priscilla Nero. According to the police bulletin, the collision involved a Toyota Hilux, a Nissan Almera and a minibus. Two of the vehicles, the Nissan Almera trailing the Toyota Hilux, were travelling from Rehoboth in a southern direction to Kalkrand when the driver of the Toyota applied brakes all of a sudden. The driver of the Nissan sedan hit the Toyota on the left rear side and the collision caused the Toyota to swerve into the on-coming minibus. The cars were wrecked and burst into flames, burning some of the occupants beyond recognition. – Nampa (Additional reporting by own reporter)

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