CORRECTION: Walvis Bay landless plan to pour hot water on police

23 Apr 2016 14:10pm
CORRECTION: HEADLINE FROM 'Wallis' to 'Walvis Bay'.

WALVIS BAY, 23 APR (NAMPA - Some of the people evicted from land they illegally occupied in Tutaleni informal settlement here early this month are reportedly planning to throw hot water at police officers.
“There is information that they plan to boil water in big pots so that if the police evict them again, they can burn them,” said Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Community Policing Affairs Sergeant Ileni Shapumba.
He told Nampa on Friday the police are monitoring the actions of the land grabbers in Tutaleni informal settlement, as it appears that they are not totally calm and could scheme anytime with apparent support from politicians.
“There are some community members and politicians who are holding meetings to instigate people not to follow the law.”
The officer said he is not referring to a recent meeting held by DTA of Namibia Member of Parliament (MP) Jennifer Van den Heever at Walvis Bay, where she remarked that telling people to follow procedures to get land is not enough.
Van den Heever discouraged violence on the land issue and advised the community to find peaceful solutions.
Shapumba warned community members to refrain from holding or attending such ‘underground’ meetings where people are induced to disregard the law and illegally occupy land.
He acknowledged that people have the right to assemble peacefully and conduct meetings within the ambit of the law.
“However, the Namibian Constitution also restricts acts that are not in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of the country, national security, public order, morality or incitement to an offence.”
Before a meeting, organisers must give notice to the police station commander of the area where they want to gather at least three days before the gathering.
He noted that this procedure must be followed to enable the police to make the necessary security arrangements.
“Very importantly, weapons are not allowed at public meetings.”
Shapumba advised the community to respect themselves and the laws of the country and to also be conscious of the consequences of non-compliance with the law.