Missing girl found

11 June 2019 | Crime

A 15-year-old girl who went missing more than two weeks ago from Okuryangava was found safe and sound in a shack at Goreangab late on Sunday.

Chief Inspector Kaunapawa Shikwambi of the Namibian police said Lydia Kweenda was found unharmed after the family and police were informed that she was living in a man's shack. It was reported that she had been able to move around freely and neighbours provided her with food.

“She is currently reunited with her family and receiving counselling services from social workers,” the police spokesperson said.

The police investigation into Kweenda's disappearance continues. An 18-year-old Angolan woman is under police guard in the Katutura hospital after she was accused of abandoning her newborn baby boy in a riverbed.

It is alleged the woman, who lives in Greenwell Matongo informal settlement, gave birth in her room and then took the baby to a nearby riverbed, where she left him. The baby was discovered by a passer-by.

The unidentified woman was traced and admitted to the maternity ward under police guard. A case of concealment of birth was opened.

Two Namibian nationals were arrested during an undercover police operation at a guesthouse in Rundu on Friday afternoon with two bags of dagga in their possession. The police estimated the value of the dagga at N$456 000.

Police at Gibeon are investigating the death of Eldon Sylwester Fransman (33), who was stabbed in the neck during an argument early Saturday morning. A suspect was arrested.

Another murder case is being investigated after the body of an unidentified man was found at the Okahandja dumpsite on Sunday morning. The police say the man suffered serious head wounds. It appears that the man, who had been sleeping at the dump, collapsed about 60 metres from where he was attacked.

Two fatal car crashes were reported over the weekend.

In the first Mathias Nerumbo (52) was killed in a head-on collision on the road between Outjo and Otjiwarongo late on Saturday night.

Nerumbo's car apparently hit a kudu and swerved into the opposite lane, crashing into an oncoming vehicle. His wife and the driver of the other car both sustained serious injuries and were transferred to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital in a critical condition. Hausiku Jonas Mutuku (29) died when the car he was driving overturned between Nankudu and Tondoro village. He was not in possession of a valid driver's licence. The police are investigating a robbery at a guest lodge near Kalkrand on Saturday, where three men broke into a room in which two female German tourists were sleeping.

One of the robbers threatened the women with a stick, demanding money, but according to the police one of the tourists fought back.

The three men fled with two backpacks containing the tourists' passports, cameras, phones and cash. The total value of the loot was more than N$15 000.

The police have been able to recover some of the items, including both passports which were dropped by the fleeing robbers. No arrests have been made.

JANA-MARI SMITH