Unexploded ordnances found near Outjo-Otjiwarongo road

25 Jul 2016 10:40am
OUTJO, 24 JUL (NAMPA) – A number of unexploded ordnances of South African origin were on Sunday found near the Outjo-Otjiwarongo road.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha said an official of the Ministry of Education in the Kunene Region spotted a mortar bomb lying close to the road on Sunday morning.
“The official who was with two colleagues in a government truck on their way to Windhoek alerted the Outjo police station,” said Mbeha.
Upon arrival the Outjo police searched the entire area, and found a bag containing another mortar bomb, three rifle grenades, one hand grenade, the tail fins of two rifle grenades, 37 millimetre rubber bullets and two containers of flares.
Mbeha added that materials that appeared to be part of bouncing land mines and safety releases of grenades were also found in the bag.
Preliminary police investigations indicate that two boys aged 15 and 16 on Saturday found the bag containing the unexploded ordinances under a culvert some 20 kilometres east of Outjo on the Otjiwarongo-Outjo road.
The boys took the bag to Farm Acadia and showed their father who is a farm worker there.
Mbeha said their father ordered his sons to return the bag to where they found it, which they did Sunday morning.
This is where the Ministry of Education employee found it on Sunday.
Members of the Otjozondjupa police’s explosives unit took the weapons to the Otjiwarongo Police Station for safekeeping.
Mbeha called on people in possession of unlicensed or illegal weapons and ammunition to hand these in at the nearest police station, saying their will not face arrest.
She also urged children in the region not to touch unknown objects and to instead inform their parents or the nearest police station.
Last Tuesday, a live rocket-propelled grenade and military radio unit were found dumped in Otavi.
This discovery came barely three weeks after a total of 2 220 rounds of ammunition for an R5 assault rifle were found dumped in the same area along the B1 road between Otjiwarongo and Otavi.
So far this year five farmers have been arrested in the Otjozondjupa Region alone on charges related to possession of illegal and/or unlicensed weapons and ammunition.