2 people detained for attempting to traffic 5 children


POLICE in Sesheke have detained two people for allegedly attempting to traffic five children into Namibia.


Police have rescued the two boys and three girls aged between seven and 10 from the suspected human traffickers.
Western Province commissioner of police Charles Lungu said in an interview yesterday that police have detained Joshua Mutale Sabid and a woman identified as Selestina Ilunga who is believed to be in her 50s.
He said the two were intercepted in Mwandi two weeks ago.


“The suspects were intercepted in Mwandi after police officers in the area received information that there were people on a Mazhandu bus, which was coming from Livingstone that had young kids who were about to be trafficked into Namibia.
“The male suspect is believed to have come from Mayukwayukwa Refugee camp while the woman is claiming to be the grandmother of the children,” Mr Lungu said.


Meanwhile, the children, who are in the custody of Mwandi Mission Hospital, met First Lady Esther Lungu.
Mrs Lungu said it is unfortunate that young people are being sold for monetary gain.


And Mwandi district commissioner Albertina Mwanamwalye said it is sad that children are being taken away from their parents at a tender age.