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Tragedy As Siblings Drown In Kunene

By: Eba Kandovazu

Two siblings lost their lives in a drowning incident at Epupa after one of them was trying to save the other one who drowned first.

The girls, according to the police, are from Okakumangua. Police say the younger sibling, aged 13 jumped into the water to swim and started drowning, prompting her sister, aged 14, to jump in, in an attempt to save her.

The older sibling also lost control and subsequently drowned. Police investigations continue, and their next of kin have been informed.

In a separate incident, police in the Oshikoto region are looking for a driver who reportedly bumped two people before speeding off. The incident occurred on the main road from Omuthiya to Ondangwa.

Oshikoto Nampol spokesperson inspector Ellen Nehale said one person was pushing another one’s wheelchair, and the incoming vehicle rammed into them.

She says the men sustained serious injuries and were transferred to Onandjokwe hospital.

Meanwhile, a 36-year-old man reportedly injured his child and his girlfriend after the two were arguing. The incident happened at Okapundja village in Kunene.

The baby is said to be eight months old. The woman is said to be in a stable condition, but the baby is in a critical condition.

Last month, 15-month-old Royal Fatima Fritz drowned in a bucket of water at Okalongo.

Her mother, Martha Hinananye, reported that she did not expect her child to be drowning since the water in the involved bucket was shallow.

“I am sad because I was the one who fetched that water early in the day, which I used to prepare lunch,” Hinananye said.

She said it was reported after having lunch. She took her baby along to her bedroom for an afternoon nap.

“I quickly fell asleep and was unaware that my baby had left the room to play outside. When I woke up, I realised she was not in bed.

“I thought nothing of it because other people are in the house, including children. So I took a basin to fetch water for our bath, and when I got to the bucket, I saw my baby’s legs protruding from the bucket, and her head was in the water.

Another child, Victoria Nankero (1), fell into a bucket of water at Mutwaratja village in the Kavango East region on 31 January this year.

She was left in the care of her father, who fell asleep when the incident happened.

Eba Kandovazu

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