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Coastal community shocked by death of town councillor

Coastal community shocked by death of town councillor

Pictured: The wreck of the car Ndishoshili (Samson) Nghilumbwa was driving and the truck that was involved in the partial head-on collision. Photos: Courtesy of the Namibian Police in the Erongo Region

Niël Terblaanché
THE death of the 35-year-old Ndishoshili Nghilumbwa Walvis Bay Town Councillor and Chairperson of its Management Committee during a horrific motor vehicle accident early on Monday morning left the community at the coast reeling in shock.

Pictuted: Ndishoshili (Samson) Nghilumbwa, Walvis Bay Municipality Councillor and Chairperson of its Management Committee, who died on the scene of a motor vehicle accident earlier on Monday morning. Photo: Contributed

The Mayor of Walvis Bay, Alderman Immanuel Wilfried, in a special message on behalf of the Town Council, municipal staff and residents of the port town said: “It is with great sadness that we have received news of the councillor Samson Nghilumbwa’s passing this morning. The condolences thoughts and prayers of all of us are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.”
Alderman Immanuel said in his message of condolence that Councillor Nghilumbwa’s passing is a sad loss and that he will be greatly missed.
“The community shares the grief felt by many people involved with his many activities for the benefit of the community.”
According to the official report of the motor vehicle accident provided by the Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the incident occurred on the B2 Highway approximately 20 kilometres outside Swakopmund on the way to Arandis at about 05:40 on Monday morning.
“It is alleged that the deceased person was driving alone in his black Volkswagen Polo from Arandis towards Swakopmund when he lost control over his vehicle, and hit an oncoming Scania truck in a partial head-on collision. The car was badly damaged and the victim passed away on the spot,” the police report states.
The 29-year-old truck driver, William Roderick Van Wyk and his assistant driver, the 17-year-old A.J. Summers escaped the wreckage unharmed.
Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu indicated that a case of Culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving will be investigated.
“The next of kin of the deceased person were informed about his untimely death and his remains were transported to the Walvis Bay Police Mortuary for the purposes of a post mortem examination to determine the actual cause of death.

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