Nghimtina airlifted to Windhoek for treatment

The Minister of Works and Transport, Erkki Nghimtina was on Tuesday flown to Windhoek after surviving a serious road accident Monday afternoon on B1 road outside Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.

Nghimtina was flown in a government light passenger jet from the Otjiwarongo Air Fields under the watchful eyes of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Deputy Commissioner, Gerhard Uataurua Mavenjono.

Nghimtina was admitted at the Mediclinic Otjiwarongo in a stable condition on Monday evening shortly after his private XC 90 Volvo Station Wagon was involved in a road accident at 17h30 on the turn-off to the Etunda Fuel Station.

Etunda is situated 30 kilometres (km) outside Otavi on the road to Otjiwarongo.

On Tuesday morning before boarding the jet, Nghimtina was able to walk on his own and speak clearly.

His private V8 XC 90 Volvo Station Wagon was involved in an accident with a white government truck that was coming from Otjiwarongo.

The truck was transporting several maize meal bags, which were destined to the Tsumkwe Constituency for the government’s drought relief programme.

According to an eyewitness, who requested anonymity the government truck and the black private Volvo of the minister were following each other from the direction of Otjiwarongo to Otavi.

He said the minister had allegedly tried to overtake the truck which was in front of him.

“I then saw the Volvo rapidly reducing speed, and as a result it hit the government truck on its rear bumper,” said the eyewitness, who claimed to have seen everything happening as he allegedly stood alongside the road at the time of accident.

He said both drivers had then lost control over their vehicles, veering off the road in different directions.

The government truck ploughed through a newly constructed bridge before rolling several times.

“Nghimtina’s Volvo drove across the road on the right side, and rolled more than five times,” he said.

The Volvo had come to halt some 150 metres from where the impact first occurred.

According to the Otjozondjupa police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha two occupants including the driver were in the government truck, and were on Tuesday still admitted to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital.

She said a 36-year-old truck driver; Simasiku Matongo was in a serious but in stable condition at the state hospital.

“Another 54-year-old man, Johannes Mwashitwanayi Johannes is stable,” said Mbeha.

The two occupants in the truck work for Grootfontein Government Garage in the Otjozondjupa region, Mbeha noted.