OUTJO: A worker employed by an Outjo construction company on Thursday found human skeletal remains while digging a shallow hole in Kudu Street.
The manager of the Outjo municipality’s health and technical department, Jaco Labuschagne told Nampa on Friday that the discovery of jaw and rib bones marked the second time that human bones were discovered in the same street.
“According to our records, in 1998 one of our residents in that street also found some human bones as he tried to dig a hole,” he noted.
Labuschagne said the Outjo municipality enquired in that same year from a few elderly people living here at the time about their knowledge of the area with a view to get to know its history.
Council officials who were involved in that research were told that the area used to be a cemetery in the early 1900s.
However, this information did not correlate with the information found in museums.
The municipality, therefore, does not have any concrete facts to substantiate information from the elders that the area used to be a cemetery.
“For now, we consider the elders’ claims as assumptions because it is not reflected anywhere, even in the oldest files about the historical background of this town,” he stated.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations’ Co-ordinator, Moses Khairabeb on enquiry on Friday said the hole where the human remains were found has been cordoned off by the police.
“We have also sent all the collected bones to a medical laboratory in Windhoek so that we get to know the details, whether the bones are that of a man or woman, for example. But it is a fact that they belong to a human being,” he said.