Easter weekend claims three lives in Oshikoto


Obrein Simasiku

Three people including a minor died on the spot on Thursday after the Nissan NP200 bakkie they were travelling in collided head on with an oncoming Iveco bus. Both vehicles overturned upon impact.

Emergency rescue personnel had to be called to the scene to cut through the wreckage of the Nissan to remove the lifeless bodies of the driver Tangeni Fillemon, 48, Victoria Iishuna, 45, and three-year-old Magnaem Iishuna.

Three of the passengers who were seated at the back of the bakkie sustained multiple injuries, and so did some of the 20 passengers who were in the Iveco bus. They were all admitted to Onandjokwe hospital. All occupants in the Nissan are from Onamakuilika village of Eengodhi area.

The accident happened at Onyati, some 30 kilometres from Omuthiya.
According to the Oshikoto police report, it is alleged that the driver of the Nissan NP200 with registration N14219 – who was travelling from Ondangwa heading to Omuthiya – tried to avoid cattle which were standing on the road and in the process hit the Iveco, registration N21863W. The Iveco was travelling from Swakopmund and belongs to Sands of Armas.

The deceased’s next of kin have been informed.

Still in Oshikoto, a suicide was reported at Onguma-Omulonga village. It is alleged that the deceased was found dead with a green body-washing net around his neck. The deceased was identified as Josef Thomas, and no suicide note was left. Police suspect no foul play and a post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death. His next of kin have been informed.


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