18 Jun 2016 11:10am
OTJIWARONGO, 18 JUN (NAMPA) - Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Otto Ipinge on Friday called on all farmers in the region who are keeping unlicensed weapons, to voluntarily surrender them at any nearest police station.
He made these remarks during his State of the Region Address on Friday morning at the Swanevelder Community Hall in Otjiwarongo.
Ipinge said he is disturbed to learn that illegal activities related to keeping unlicensed guns and ammunition are on the increase in the region.
I must say that the trend is not a conducive one, and I call on the farmers unions and farmers themselves who know that they are still keeping unlicensed weapons and ammunition on their farms to immediately surrender them to any nearest police station to avoid prosecution, he said.
Ipinge said it is an obligation of all Namibians to protect the peace and stability in the country.
He said Namibians must not feel threatened or live in fear in an independent country that does not need war to break at all.
Ipinge, however, said his office is pleased to announce that the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the region have recorded a decline in major crimes like armed robberies and murders since the beginning of this year, compared to previous years.
He said the decrease is largely attributed to various crime prevention methods the police have employed such as regular street and mobile patrols, unexpected police roadblocks as well as increased police visibility on streets.
The Otjozondjupa leader said the roll out of the national Omake Police operations in the region also contributed immensely to this sharp decline of major crimes here.
I am also equally delighted that our men and women in uniform across the constituencies continue to work tirelessly in keeping these major crimes low, and this is evident with the recent discoveries of illegal arms and ammunition on different farms in the Otjozondjupa Region, he said.
Five Otjozondjupa farmers have been arrested and appeared in different courts since the beginning of this year on charges related to possession of illegal and/or unlicensed weapons and ammunition at their farms.