Top cop investigated after crash

Top cop investigated after crash

THE Police have opened an investigation after the Regional Commander of the Police in the Erongo Region was involved in a late-night car accident last weekend.

“We are working on the matter,” Major General James Tjivikua, the Police’s Deputy Inspector General for Administration, said on enquiry late yesterday afternoon. Refusing to say what charges, if any, were being investigated in connection with the incident, Tjivikua cut short the conversation and hung up the phone.Commissioner Hubert Mootseng, the Commanding Officer of the Police’s Complaints and Discipline Division, had earlier referred enquiries to the Major General.Walvis Bay-based Deputy Commissioner Andrew Iyambo, alleged to be driving a Police car, is claimed to have crashed into a taxi in the harbour town last Sunday night.The Police vehicle allegedly rammed the taxi from behind at a red traffic light in Sam Nujoma Avenue at around 22h30.According to an eyewitness, the driver remained seated in the vehicle for close to 20 minutes after the crash.He then got out of the vehicle, spoke to someone on his cellular phone and walked off into the night before traffic officers arrived.It is alleged that Police officers arrived soon afterwards and took control of the scene while traffic officers remained inactive.Local media at the coast reported last week that Iyambo was led away by Manuel Fernandes, a local businessman, who took the Deputy Commissioner to the Walvis Bay hospital.It is alleged that no blood samples were taken to test whether he had been under the influence of alcohol.A cooler box in the vehicle was reportedly taken away by Police officers who arrived after the accident.Iyambo is the highest-ranking Police officer in the Erongo Region.Refusing to say what charges, if any, were being investigated in connection with the incident, Tjivikua cut short the conversation and hung up the phone.Commissioner Hubert Mootseng, the Commanding Officer of the Police’s Complaints and Discipline Division, had earlier referred enquiries to the Major General. Walvis Bay-based Deputy Commissioner Andrew Iyambo, alleged to be driving a Police car, is claimed to have crashed into a taxi in the harbour town last Sunday night.The Police vehicle allegedly rammed the taxi from behind at a red traffic light in Sam Nujoma Avenue at around 22h30.According to an eyewitness, the driver remained seated in the vehicle for close to 20 minutes after the crash.He then got out of the vehicle, spoke to someone on his cellular phone and walked off into the night before traffic officers arrived.It is alleged that Police officers arrived soon afterwards and took control of the scene while traffic officers remained inactive.Local media at the coast reported last week that Iyambo was led away by Manuel Fernandes, a local businessman, who took the Deputy Commissioner to the Walvis Bay hospital.It is alleged that no blood samples were taken to test whether he had been under the influence of alcohol.A cooler box in the vehicle was reportedly taken away by Police officers who arrived after the accident.Iyambo is the highest-ranking Police officer in the Erongo Region.

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