Hundreds pay tribute to Otjiwarongo-Otavi accident victims

Hundreds pay tribute to Otjiwarongo-Otavi accident victims

Three family members who died in an accident on the road between Otjiwarongo and Otavi in 2018, were finally laid to rest at Iilagati village in the Oshana Region on Saturday.
Magnaem Andreas, 63; her 20-year-old daughter Rauna Mweenda; one-year-old granddaughter, Saara Kaukungwa and four other people were burnt beyond recognition when the minibus they were travelling in collided head-on with a pick-up on 7 November.
The other victims of the accident were Julia Efraim; Kavelishimwe Malangu; Martin Mwayolange and Ulitala Hishitelwa.
The police earlier this week said the remains of the accident victims were dispatched to the Windhoek Police Mortuary where DNA samples were taken and forwarded to the National Forensic Science Institute for analysis and identification.
The identification process was completed on 5 January and the remains transported to the victims’ respective regions for burial.
Hundreds of mourners from all over Namibia on Saturday gathered at Iilagati Cemetery to pay their last tributes to Andreas, Mweenda and Kaukungwa.
Speakers described Andreas as a caring woman who sometimes took people she was not even related to, under her wing.
One of the speakers, Saima Ndengu-Nakatana said she was the link between members of her family and served her community as a member of a local school board, the Women and Men Network against Crime and in a local women’s organisation.
She is survived by two siblings and eight children.