Katima Mulilo, March 8, NAMPA———– A 73-year-old man from the Sachona Village in the Kongola Constituency in Namibia was trampled to death by a herd of elephants on Saturday evening.
The Katima Mulilo Police Community Affairs and Public Relations Office told Nampa on Sunday that Petrus Sinondo Ngoshi was found dead on the spot where he was attacked by an unspecified number of elephants shortly after 21:00 hours.
The report reads that Ngoshi had left his village in order to scare off the elephants that were damaging his maize and sorghum produce.
However, before reaching the crop fields, he was attacked by the elephants in a narrow pathway.
An unidentified eyewitness, who was walking a short distance from Ngoshi, alerted some community members and the Kongola Police, but when they arrived they found Ngoshi already dead.
Ngoshi’s next of kin have since been notified.
In a separate incident also in the Zambezi Region, a 13-year-old boy lost his life after he was run over by a seven-seat minibus at the Liselo Village on Saturday evening.
The deceased identified as Nicky Ngenda Nzundamo was in the company of his 14-year-old girlfriend, Selma Mwaka Siswaniso, who suffered serious head injuries in the same accident.
According to preliminary investigations, the two were allegedly standing on the side of the Trans Kalahari Highway when the minibus driven by a 20-year-old unlicensed driver lost control and hit both of them between 23:00 hours and 00:00 hours.
It is alleged that the minibus driver had stolen the vehicle, which was initially given to his friend by the rightful owner. It is not known if the driver was under any influence of prohibited substances.
The driver is currently held by the Police at Katima Mulilo, and has been charged with four counts – culpable homicide, reckless and negligent driving, failing to render assistance after an accident, and driving without a valid driver’s licence.
He is set to appear before the town’s Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.