01 Jul 2013 06:10
OTJIWARONGO, 01 JUL (NAMPA) - A team of police detectives has been dispatched to Tsumkwe West to obtain statements under oath from livestock farmers who have allegedly invaded the land there and started grazing illegally.
Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Joseph Anghuwo told Nampa in an interview on Monday that he sent a team of police inspectors and detective crime investigation officers to Tsumkwe on Sunday.
Anghuwo said the detectives from the Otjozondjupa Region have teamed-up with other police officers from Windhoek to conduct the final investigations and obtain statements under oath.
?I can tell you that I sent a team of detectives there (Tsumkwe West) to conduct some final police investigations, and to take their statements. The police officers will enter each of the fenced-off illegal grazing farmlands to do their work without fear or favour,? said Anghuwo.
He did not provide information on the exact number of police officers who are involved in this operation.
The head of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Public Relations Division, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi was also reluctant to shed much light about the police operation.
?What I can say on record, is that these alleged farmers have been given the deadline of 06 July 2013 to vacate the area. Any other statement I will make only after that deadline,? Kanguatjivi told Nampa when he was asked to talk about the police operation on Monday.
It is alleged that about 31 livestock farmers have illegally occupied grazing farmlands in the area of Omatako and Mangetti Dune in the Tsumkwe West communal area.
The alleged livestock farmers have said that they were forced to drive their animals into these areas because of the drought situation in their areas of origin.
Nampa last month visited a few of the occupied grazing farmlands in Tsumkwe West, and only cattle herders were found taking care of the homesteads and animals.
Some homesteads, that were clearly just set up recently, were even fenced-off in the communal areas of Omatako and Mangetti Dune.
Tsumkwe is situated over 260 kilometres east of Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.