Nearly 400 dead in firearm-related incidents

21 Apr 2016 10:00am
WALVIS BAY, 21 APR (NAMPA – A total of 388 people were killed in firearm-related incidents in Namibia from January 2011 to January this year, the Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) revealed on Wednesday.
The statistics are included in a statement delivered on behalf of Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga at Walvis Bay during a workshop on the building of knowledge and capacity towards the ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), and implementation of related national, regional and international instruments on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW).
The ATT is a multilateral treaty that regulates the international trade in conventional weapons for the purpose of contributing to international and regional peace, reducing human suffering, and promoting co-operation, transparency and responsible action.
Ndeitunga said 1 050 cases of attempted murder by firearms; 1 997 cases of pointing of a firearm and 1 641 cases of armed robbery were recorded over the same period.
“The NamPol senior management under my leadership is deeply disturbed by these statistics. The lives of innocent nationals are lost almost every day due to the misuse of unlawfully and lawfully possessed firearms,” he said.
If this phenomenon is allowed to go on unchallenged, it not only poses a threat to national and regional security, peace and political stability, but also has the potential to hamper socio-economic development in Namibia and other countries.
The two-day workshop started on Wednesday and is being attended by persons including high-ranking officials of NamPol and members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security.
The workshop aims to enhance understanding of principles and objectives of national, regional and international instruments on SALW, in order to help combat illegal firearms.