Experts to probe horror Zambezi crash

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Experts to probe horror Zambezi crash
Experts to probe horror Zambezi crash

Africa-Press – Namibia. THE Roads Authority’s (RA) chief executive officer, Conrad Lutombi, has revealed that a team of experts will be in Zambezi next week to determine the cause of the accident that claimed the lives of five family members.

On 5 January, the acting CEO of Namibia Drydock and Ship Repair company (Namdock), Heritha Nankole Muyoba, the National Planning Commission’s national adviser, Namangolwa Nzundamo (40), Twambo Chainda (16), Kasiku Nekaro (12) and Richard Muyoba Klein (8) died in an accident between Kongola and Omega-3.

A police report alleged that the left rear tyre of the vehicle burst, causing the driver to lose control and the vehicle to overturn. Two people survived the accident, the driver Amy Manga Sepiso (22) and Marus Nekaro (3).

Lutombi was speaking at the memorial service at Katima Mulilo on Wednesday, held in honour of the five family members. He noted that the country cannot continue to lose productive, promising and precious lives, and called for a collective sense of responsibility to ensure that the deaths of fellow Namibians are not in vain.

“The RA has sampled a team of experts from the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA), as well as from the Automobile Association (AA) who will reconstruct the scene of the accident to find the cause, whether it was the vehicle, driver or the road,” he said.

Lutombi said the RA, as custodians of the national road network, endeavour to ensure that the country’s roads are of the highest standards, and they continue to strive for safer roads for all road users.

“Unfortunately, despite the very best efforts, it is rather disheartening to know that the country continues to experience a number of fatalities on our roads. Therefore, I would like to use this platform to call on all stakeholders in road safety to come together to reaffirm our commitment to strengthening road safety initiatives and awareness creation, with a renewed drive [for] saving lives.”

He further pleaded with road users to adhere to road traffic regulations, saying that everyone has a part to play in protecting themselves and fellow road users while on the roads.

“Speed in particular is a major contributor to accidents in our country. My appeal to us all is to hold hands on this very important matter and together we will make Namibia’s roads safe.” The five family members were laid to rest yesterday at Mazwangendaba village in the Sibbinda constituency.

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