OPUWO: Road construction workers digging a culvert on a gravel road about 20 kilometres outside Opuwo on Monday made a shocking discovery when they came across human bones.
After being informed of the discovery, members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Opuwo collected the bones from the area where it was found – about seven kilometres south of the village Alfa.
A police report availed to Nampa on Thursday said it is believed that the human remains were buried next to the road more than 20 years ago.
According to NamPol’s Crime Investigations’ Coordinator for the Kunene Region, Hango Israel, tests will be conducted on the bones to establish the gender, age as well as the date of the death of the deceased.
He said there have been no cases of someone being reported missing and not being traced in the areas of Alfa, Orumana, Ondore or Otjerunda for the past 20 years, hence the conclusion that the human remains must have been buried there before the country’s independence in 1990.
The last person reported to have gone missing here is Johannes Kakuva, who disappeared without a trace in the Orumana area during September 1981.
It is suspected that Kakuva, who was a Swapo-Party supporter, was abducted by the South African colonial forces, and his whereabouts remain a mystery up to today.
This is the second time that human remains are discovered in the Kunene Region after a mass grave was discovered, also by road construction workers, in 2006 during the tarring of the Opuwo-Omakange road.
Alfa village, which is situated 14km south of Opuwo, was used as an army base by South African colonial forces.