THE 44-year-old Martin Kalwenya who was transporting illegal fuel from Angola in his vehicle burned beyond recognition after the vehicle he was driving caught fire after he struck an ox on main road between Okongo and Eenhana.
Kalwenya’s niece, Sandra Mumbala also died as result of the accident. She was a Grade 12 learner at the Elite Private School at the Omafo Village near the Helao Nafidi Township.
According to the Ohangwena Police Regional Crime Coordinator Zachariah Amakali, the incident occurred at about 03:00 on Saturday morning at the Omakangha Village on the Eenhana/Okongo road.
“It is alleged that the driver of Colt light delivery vehicle and his niece were travelling from west to east between Eenhana and Okongo when the driver struck an ox near the Omakangha Village,” said Amakali.
He said it is suspected that the driver lost control over the vehicle after he crashed into the ox. The vehicle left the road and overturned before bursting into flames.
“The driver burnt to death, while the passenger was thrown out of the vehicle. She sustained serious head injuries which resulted in her death,” said Amakali.
He added that her remains were also burned because she fell near the overturned vehicle where the fuel 25 litre plastic containers burned.
Amakali warned people to stop buying fuel in Angola and smuggling it through the border to Namibia at un-gazetted entry points. He added that transporting and storing illegal fuel in vehicles and at people’s homes in residential areas pose a life threatening danger to everyone in the vicinity.
He said Kalwenya was a resident of the Oidiva Village while Mumbala was a resident of the Omafo Village in the Onheleiwa-Okalongo Constituency.