Two Batswana Perish In Namibia Road Accident

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  • The deceased are from Maun & Oodi respectively
  • The third Motswana passenger survived the accident
  • He is currently admitted at Windhoek Central Hospital
  • Drivers face charges of culpable homicide

Police in Chobe have confirmed the deaths of two Batswana men who perished in a road accident in Namibia over the weekend in the Katima Mulilo region.

Officer Commanding District No7 Officer Commanding, Superintendent Kgotlaetsile Oodira told The Ngami Times that they received a report from the Namibian Police on Sunday informing them about the accident, and the deaths of the two Batswana.

Oodira said the accident is reported to have occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning along the Trans-Caprivi highway where a green Toyota Corolla driven by a Namibian citizen and carrying three Batswana passengers was hit from behind by a blue Toyota Corolla that had four occupants.

Both cars are said to have then rolled off the road consequently causing injuries to surviving passengers as well as the deaths of the two Batswana citizens.

The deceased persons have been identified as a 55-year old man of Maun, Pogiso Zimba and another 40-year old man of Oodi, Mamile Semele.

Oodira further said the third local who survived the accident, 40-year old man Opelo Mpatane of Francistown alongside other passengers were then rushed to Katima Mulilo State Hospital. Mpatane was however transferred to Windhoek Central Hospital where he is currently receiving medical attention.

Meanwhile, a news report by The Namibian states that the two drivers involved in the accident who are facing charges of culpable homicide among others have been remanded in custody by the Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court.

According to the paper, Dickson Sapala (28) who was driving the three locals is facing an additional charge of failing to ascertain injuries sustained by occupants as he initially fled the scene, while the other driver, Mathias Milupi (28) is also facing an additional charge of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

The case is said to have been postponed to 24th August, 2023 to allow for further investigations.

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