New Era (Windhoek)

13 November 2012

Namibia: Pedestrians Should Change Mindset

Rundu — A surge in pedestrian related road accidents on the highway across the Kavango Region has prompted the police to urge pedestrians to utilise the road responsibly to avoid the unnecessary loss of human life.

Police reports indicate that regularly one pedestrian is killed on the highway. Only last week, three pedestrians died within a space of two days after being run over by vehicles, in two separate road accidents.

Acting Kavango Regional Crime Coordinator, Detective Inspector Chrispin Mubebo, told New Era pedestrians place their own lives at risk because they do not abide by traffic laws and regulations.

"You would find some of them standing in the road in groups while there is oncoming traffic. This is dangerous because at night drivers cannot brake in time to avoid a collision - this is especially common among young pedestrians," observed Mubebo.

He further warned villagers to stop building huts near the road, adding that vehicles can easily crash into the huts. "People need to change their mindsets, they also need to start looking after their cattle to prevent them from wandering around on the road," he said.

The latest incidents took place last week. Two men died on the spot on Friday around 23h00 after a government vehicle hit them.

The driver of the official vehicle, Timoteus Marando Kasera, is an employee of the Ministry of Works and Transport. He was allegedly in the area to inspect the ministry's general assets.

The two deceased, identified as Alexander Thikusho and Muragho Maketo, were allegedly standing in the road. Both of the deceased are from the Bagani village in the eastern Kavango.

Then a vehicle hit a 58-year-old man while he was crossing the highway last week Wednesday. Edmund Hausiku died at the scene of the accident. His relatives have already been informed. The incident occurred on the Rundu-Nkurenkuru road around 20h00.

In an unrelated incident, a 38-year-old man narrowly escaped what could have been a fatal attack by a hippo last Friday. Frans Kandjimi sustained injuries on his right arm, and was admitted to the Nankudu District Hospital for treatment.

In other news, Mubebo identified the top five common crimes in the region as assault, assault to cause grievous bodily harm, theft, culpable homicide and domestic violence.

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