ECN official survives accident on Okakarara road

OTJIWARONGO; A 37-year-old driver of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) survived a motor vehicle accident on the Otjiwarongo-Okakarara main road Saturday night.

The Namibian Police Force’s (NamPol) Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa in an interview on Sunday that the ECN vehicle was coming from Okakarara to Otjiwarongo at the time of accident.

Mbeha said the driver was admitted in the Otjiwarongo State Hospital for treatment, and is said to be in a stable condition.

“It is alleged that the driver was not authorised to travel to Otjiwarongo, and the vehicle was supposed to be parked at the Okakarara police station,” Mbeha said.

A case of reckless and/or negligent driving has been opened against the driver.

Mbeha stated that the accident occurred approximately 45 kilometres (km) outside Okakarara on the road to Otjiwarongo, near Farm Okozongominya at about 23h00 on Saturday.

The police officer said the ECN driver was assigned to transport officials and election materials for an ECN mobile team around the Okakarara area during the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

It is suspected that the driver lost control over the vehicle and it rolled several times, Mbeha said.

Police confirmed that all sensitive election materials were off-loaded from the vehicle and booked into the Okakarara police station’s storeroom before the driver embarked on the unauthorised trip.

Contacted for comment on Sunday, ECN Assistant Regional Co-ordinator for Otjozondjupa Region, Faith Matladi confirmed to Nampa that no ECN materials were in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

She also said the driver was on an illegal trip to Otjiwarongo, as that specific vehicle was supposed to have been parked at the Okakarara police station together with other vehicles until Sunday morning.

Police investigations in the matter continue.