Zimbabwean Stowaway Nabbed


By Charles Tjatindi


A Zimbabwean national was arrested at Walvis Bay last week for allegedly trying to stow away in a container vessel bound for Europe.

Twenty-three-year-old Tatenda Gwisai allegedly boarded one of the containers on the vessel MV Barier, which was sailing to Europe after he managed to deceive the crew on board by masquerading as an employee of one of the companies dealing with the containers.

Gwisai’s luck, however, ran out when officials and crew members discovered he had lied to gain entry into the vessel. He was arrested after being found in one of the containers with a small bag containing his belongings, and his passport, which he had hidden in one of his shoes.

According to Erongo Police Public Relations Officer, Detective Sergeant Julia Nujoma, the Zimbabwean national entered Namibia through the Wenela border post in the Caprivi region and managed to find his way to Walvis Bay.

Gwisai apparently informed the police upon his arrest that he wanted to escape hardships in Zimbabwe by going to Europe to find employment.

He has been charged with being a stowaway, in terms of the Immigration Control Act No.7 of 1993, and is remanded in custody at the Narraville holding cells.

In other crimes, the Erongo police confirmed the arrest of Gert Johannes Louw, in connection with the murder of Bennie Winston. The deceased’s body was found last Sunday at his home in Walvis Bay’s Hage Geingob Drive. The police suspect that he was assaulted with a brick all over his body, after they found the bloodstained brick next to his body.

The police reported that the accused resides at the same complex as the deceased. He has been charged with murder.

The police are also investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving after two trucks collided and overturned earlier this week. The trucks, one belonging to the Namibian Defence force (NDF), collided on the B2 highway between Usakos and Arandis in the Erongo region.

According to police reports, the NDF truck registration number NDF 4521 was travelling towards Arandis, while the other truck belonging to a Windhoek-based transport company was travelling in the opposite direction. The police are yet to determine what caused the accident. They, however, suspect that one truck must have veered into the other’s lane causing the accident.

Although both drivers sustained minor injuries, two occupants of the NDF truck were admitted to the Swakopmund Hospital with mild to serious injuries.

One of them, who was only identified as Hamutenya, is still receiving treatment at the hospital, while the other Leake Mbadhi has been discharged.
New Era established that the NDF truck was on its way to the Rooikop Military base in Walvis Bay from the Otjiwarongo Military Base.


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