NDF features in Bwabwata shooting


Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 12:30
A holiday in the Northeast of Namibia ended for a Namibian family in a nightmare when several shots were fired at their vehicle in the Bwabwata National Park in Kavango East yesterday, 15 March.
Harald Keil, 33, his wife Teresa, 33, and two daughters, three-year-old Alexia and two-year-old Caytlin, from Windhoek drove around along one of the routes in the park on the banks of the Okavango River just after lunch. Suddenly a man appeared showing them to slow down and stop. Harald Keil saw two Namibian Defence Force (NDF) vehicles a bit further on and decided it would be safer to stop there.
When he stopped at the vehicles several armed men in uniforms and civilian clothes appeared out of the bush and surrounded the vehicle. When Harald Keil insisted on seeing the soldier’s ID he was told that “we don´t have ID´s, look at the uniform and get out”.
Keil and his family reportedly feared for their safety, started the car and sped away. The NDF members fired at the vehicle and at least eight bullets hit the car. One tyre was punctured but Keil sped down the tracks, onto the dirt road and out of the park. He drove on the rim to Divundu where he stopped.
Soon thereafter the NDF was there and one officer ‘wanted to talk to him behind a building’. His three-year-old daughter was bleeding from the head and they thought that a bullet might have hit her.
The little girl was rushed to the Andara Hospital by an ambulance. The father of Harald Keil, Peter Keil, well-known pilot in conservation circles, also flew up to Bagani and then flew Teresa and her injured daughter as well as the two-year-old to Windhoek last night. The little girl was immediately taken to one of the private hospitals in Windhoek where her condition was described as stable.