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Mystery surrounds disappearance of four men

Mystery surrounds disappearance of four men

Niël Terblanché
THE mysterious disappearance of the 39-year-old Siegfried Uirab, 25-year-old Rodney Willemse, 23-year-old Fanny Naibeb and the 23-year-old Gerson Willemse, from Grootfontein in 2017 who at the time were accused of stock theft, but in the spirit of forgiveness, were allowed by their employer to return to work on his farm, are still the subject of investigation by the Namibian Police.
According to information available to the Namibian Police the men were last seen in Grootfontein a year and a half ago while they were waiting to be picked up from the Shell Service Station in town. The missing men were supposed to be collected at the service station by their employer to continue with their employment.
The commander of the Namibian Police’s Public Relations Division, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, said that at the time of their mysterious disappearance the four men were in the employ of Mr.Tjirepo Hijarunguru, the former Chief Executive Officer of the Agricultural Bank of Namibia who now farms near Grootfontein.
“Before their disappearance the four men were accused of stealing live stock on the farm of the former senior Agribank official. Their families intervened with their employer on their behalf and the men were forgiven and supposed to return to the farm to continue their employment after a period of incarceration where they were awaiting trial.”
Deputy Commissioner Kanguatjivi said the employer told the families of the four men that they should wait for him at one of the Shell Service Station in town where he would collect them on 8 September 2017.
“That was the last time any person saw the four men. When their families started looking for them initially, all of their cellular phones went unanswered for a while and were later reported to be off when attempts were made to call them.”
When the Namibian Police eventually got involved in the search for Siegfried Uirab, Rodney Willemse, Naibeb and Gerson Willemse, Hijrunguru told investigators that he never got round to picking them up from the agreed upon rendezvous point at the filling station in Grootfontein. The families of the four missing men got the same answer from their former employer.
“It is possible that the four missing men secured other employment from another person somewhere else and that they are unaware of the fact that their families are still looking for them a year and half later.”
Deputy Commissioner Kanguatjivi said in this regard the public is requested to assist the Namibian Police in tracing the four men who disappeared without a trace.
Any person that might know the whereabouts of Siegfried Uirab, Rodney Willemse, Fanny Naibeb and Gerson Willemse or any other information pertaining to their disappearance is requested to contact Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Naukalemo Andreas at 0812131755. Alternatively such information can be delivered at the nearest police station.

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