No arrests made in “Brakwater saga”

15 Jan 2016 18:22pm
WINDHOEK, 15 JAN (NAMPA) - The Special Reserve Force of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) will be deployed at the Brakwater settlement on the northern outskirts of Windhoek until “calmness and order” is restored.
This follows confrontations between residents in that area and “children of the liberation struggle” on Thursday afternoon.
Speaking at a media briefing in the capital on Friday, Deputy Inspector-General of NamPol Major-General James Tjivikua appealed for patience from members of the public pending investigations into the saga.
“Investigators are attending to both parties involved. A separate group of investigators on the allegations made by the children of the liberation struggle, and another group on the allegations made by the residents and farmers in that area,” said Tjivikua.
The “struggle kids” and a farmer in the area on Thursday got embroiled in a heated argument after a few members of the group allegedly illegally harvested firewood on that farmer’s land. A fight erupted and shots were fired, and several of the people involved ended up with slight to serious injuries.
Tjivikua said the ongoing feud between the two parties is a matter of “life and death” and investigations have started. The police are busy getting statements and counter statements from both groups.
“We have highly qualified investigators to ascertain the facts on the ground, and I know emotions are up in the skies but please let us be calm, because this is a matter of life and death,” he said.
Tjivikua added that the Special Reserve Force had to use rubber bullets and teargas against the struggle kids after they blocked the gravel road to prevent the use of the road.
“No arrests have yet been made, but cases that are likely to be opened against either party are attempted murder, intend to do grievous body harm, and trespassing. When appropriate, arrests will be made,” he noted.
The deputy inspector assured residents in the area of a 24-hour daily monitoring towards their safety while investigations are underway.
“NamPol urges the Brakwater community that the situation is under control and almost back to normal,” he claimed.
Meanwhile, Tjivikua pleaded ignorance on questions about whose version of events was used to compile the police statement presented during the media briefing.