Public demonstrations banned: Ndeitunga

08 Jun 2016 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JUN (NAMPA) – The Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga has placed a restriction on all public demonstrations from 13 to 18 June 2016.
A statement issued by NamPol on Wednesday said the decision was necessitated by security considerations as multiple international events are taking place during this period.
“Intended demonstrations may proceed after 18 June 2016, following prescribed procedures,” the statement reads.
One of the international events planned for this period is the 31st session of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly, which takes place from 11 to 15 June in the capital.
About 350 Parliamentarians from 28 EU countries and 79 ACP countries are expected to attend.
The 16th edition of the Council of Southern African Football Association (Cosafa) Cup is also starting in Windhoek on Saturday and ends on 25 June.
The news also comes as a major blow to a particularly the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement, which is planning a demonstration against the construction of a new Parliament building on 16 June.
The construction of the building will reportedly cost N.dollars 2.4 billion.
AR argues that the new building is not a priority as Government faces various challenges such as a lack of proper schools, hostels and medical centres.
There have over the years been various reports of patients sleeping on the floor at various hospitals around the country, amongst them expectant mothers, due to a shortage of beds.
In recent media reports, AR also stressed that it is unacceptable that learners at various schools across the country are taught in makeshift structures while “politicians are building gyms and restaurants as part of the new parliament”.
President Hage Geingob has directed that a media conference be held about the construction of the new Parliament building and how its costs have ballooned from the initial N.dollars 700 million to more than N.dollars 2 billion.
AR leader Job Amupanda could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.