"You have to obey the rules": Pohamba

23 Mar 2014 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 23 MAR (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba said Namibian citizens should obey all traffic rules and regulations in place if they do not want to get traffic fines.
Pohamba was speaking here on Friday during the 24th Independence celebrations at the Independence stadium.
“I read in the newspapers yesterday (Thursday) that some people are returning their voters’ cards because the government has allegedly refused to reduce traffic fines. Well, this is a democratic country and everyone who wants to vote does so by their own will,” he said.
Pohamba stressed that if anyone does not want to comply with the laws and regulations in place, then he or she will be the victim.
“Because you do not want to follow the rules and regulations, you are saying we should do it the other way around. By law I do not think that is applicable,” he said.
His statement is in reference to the countrywide strike of members of the Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) since last week.
These taxi operators have threatened to hand back their voters’ cards to the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) and not vote in the general election in November this year.
The taxi union handed over a petition to the National Assembly in July last year, and has been waiting for a response ever since.
The NTTU’s list of demands include that Government should look into the high traffic fines being dished out by traffic officers and the lack of taxi ranks countrywide.