Amnesty uncovers hundreds of illegal weapons

Amnesty uncovers hundreds of illegal weapons

Individuals and farmers, who were in possession of illegal weapons, have surrendered hundreds of arms, ammunitions and explosives to the Namibian Police Force (Nampol). So far, 812 firearms, nearly 11 900 ammunitions and 19 explosive ordinance have been surrendered since police offered amnesty to anyone who surrendered illegal weapons to the police.

In August, Police Chief Sebastian Ndeitunga gave persons with illegal firearms, ammunitions or armaments until November 18 to surrender such to police stations in their areas without being prosecuted.

According to a press release issued by Nampol Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi, Khomas region has the highest number of firearms (663) surrendered so far, followed by //Karas (29) and Otjozondjupa (27). She explained that the firearms from Windhoek were surrendered by the old museum.

Ndeitunga’s call followed a decision by Cabinet in support of their submission to declare an amnesty in terms of section 4(1) of the Arms and Ammunition Act, 1996 (Act 7 of 1996).

According to the press release, the highest number of ammunition (4 386) was surrendered in Otjozondjupa region, while 2 790 were surrendered in Oshikoto and 2 022 in Ohangwena region.

Furthermore, only two regions surrendered explosives – nine came from Khomas region and 10 from Otjozondjupa region.

Notably, police in Kavango region received no firearm, ammunition or explosive. Hardap police only received one firearm and no ammunition or explosive, the same with Kunene region where only one firearm was surrendered, and zero ammunition and explosive.

“The Inspector General would like to commend everyone who heeded to the national call and once again urges any person, who is still in possession of illegal firearms, ammunitions or armaments, to surrender such firearms, ammunitions or armaments at their nearest police station without being prosecuted in terms of sections 2, 29 and 33 of the Act,” remarked Shikwambi.

She further said people have less than a month before the amnesty lapses and the prerogative is upon the safety and security minister whether to extend or end it. “If it comes to an end, the law will take its course. People will be arrested and charged according to Arms and Ammunition Act 7 of 1996. This is the right opportunity to come and surrender, stated Shikwambi.

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