by Hileni Nembwaya

THE police in Oshana region have launched an urgent tracing operation of two truck drivers who allegedly abandoned their work trucks at Ondangwa and Omahenene border post after arriving in Namibia from South Africa earlier this week.

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Both trucker drivers are employees of The 6000 Transport at Ondangwa.

It remains unclear whether the truck drivers were placed under mandatory quarantine when they entered the country.

However, the owner of The 6000 Transport, Mario Mwenyo, upon learning that the truck drivers abandoned their trucks, reported the matter to the police to allow contact tracing and subsequently testing for Covid-19.

Oshana police regional commander, commissioner Rauha Amwele, told The Namibian that the drivers abandoned their trucks after they delivered stock at selected shopping outlets in Oshakati and Grootfontein respectively.

“We received the information from their employer because he is wondering whether the truck drivers were placed under quarantine upon entering the country because they did not present anything to him and he is worried. At the moment, we are investigating the matter and have launched a tracing operation.

“This is a serious matter and we need to act as a matter of urgency. If there is anyone out there who is aware of their whereabouts, they should contact the nearest police and report the matter because if these people are possibly infected with Covid-19, then chances of them infecting others are high and we are trying to avoid that,” she said.

According to the information at hand, one of the truck drivers is a resident of Uupindi informal settlement in Oshakati.

Shapaka is said to have arrived in Namibia from South Africa on 1 June and he delivered stock at a Built It store in Oshakati.

On 2 June, he parked his truck at The 6000 Transport truck port in Ondangwa and disappeared without informing anyone.

The other truck driver is from Outapi in Omusati region.

He allegedly arrived in Namibia from South Africa on 30 May and he delivered stock at Omahenene border post in Omusati region on the same day.

On 31 May, he was scheduled to return to South Africa, however, he abandoned his truck at the Grootfontein police station.

Amwele therefore urged anyone with information on the whereabouts of the truck drivers to report them to the nearest police station for them to be handed over to the health officials and allow for possible Covid-19 tests and mandatory quarantine.

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