Finance Ministry’s Neshuku dies in car accident

OTJIWARONGO: The Ministry of Finance’s deputy director for the north-central regions, Saltiel Neshuku died instantly on Saturday after his vehicle overturned on the gravel road between Otavi and the Etosha National Park.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa in an interview on Sunday he had been travelling from Otavi to a farm near the Etosha National Park when the accident occurred.

Approximately 48 kilometres north-west of Otavi, the 45-year-old Neshuku lost control over his Toyota double cab and it rolled several times.

“He died on the spot, and three more passengers who were with him in the vehicle sustained slight to serious injuries,” Mbeha said, adding that the injured passengers are now receiving medical treatment at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital.

They are aged five, 37, and 54 years respectively.

Police investigations into the matter continue.

Mbeha also reported that a three-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 30-year-old man at Okaperongo Post in the Okakarara Constituency’s Okamatapati area on Saturday morning.

Mbeha said the victim and a five-year-old child were on their way to a neighbour’s house shortly after 10h00 on Saturday.

“It is alleged that the suspect saw them and ordered the five-year-old child to proceed to where they were going. He led the three-year-old behind a tree where he allegedly raped her,” she said.

The older child had in the meantime run back home to inform the parents of the three-year-old of what had happened.

Her parents then went looking for her, and when the suspect saw the girl’s parents approaching them, he fled the scene.

The girl was taken to the Okakarara State Hospital for medical treatment and was reported to be in a stable condition on Sunday, Mbeha said.

A case of rape was opened at the Okamatapati Police Station on Saturday.

The suspect is still at large, and police investigations into the matter continue.