WINDHOEK: At least 10 people were killed in a road accident on the B1 road between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo yesterday afternoon.
The accident occurred at about 17h00, 10km outside Okahandja, and involves four vehicles, one being that of Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga.
It is not certain if he was in the vehicle, but Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations’ Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb confirmed to Nampa on Sunday that Herunga’s daughter (name unknown) perished in the chain collision.
NamPol’s Otjozondjupa Regional Deputy Commander, Deputy Commissioner Gerhard Uataurua Mavenjono also confirmed the accident, saying preliminary reports indicate that 10 people have died in the accident, but final figures will made available later.
A Nampa reporter at the scene said bodies, limbs and brain matter are strewn all over the area.
Traffic was held up for over one kilometre in both directions from the accident scene.
OvaHerero Paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako yesterday placed strong emphasis on cultural and traditional values, and appealed to all OtjiHerero-speaking Namibians to work together for unity and peace.
Riruako further called on his people to bury their political differences, stick together and work hand-in-hand with one another as a united force.
The chief made the remarks yesterday afternoon as he addressed thousands of OvaHerero who turned up at the Commando Grounds at the Nau-Aib residential area in Okahandja for the 89th commemoration of Red Flag Day.
He said the OvaHerero will only succeed in everything if they are committed to unity, and this unity must be a unity of purpose, adding that they need to sacrifice for unity.
The OvaHerero Chief told his people that they must stand together for their rights, and that requires unity, which traditional leaders must strengthen and must lead by example.
Riruako then reminded his people to embrace the fact that commemorative events like the Red Flag Day at Okahandja is part of the cultural education of the young ones, who have little knowledge of the historical background of their fallen ancestors.