Amnesty for surrendering of illegal firearms underway
02 Sep 2016 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 02 SEP (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police (NamPol) confiscated 560 illegal firearms, including machine guns, between 2013 and 2015.
Speaking during a media briefing here on Friday, Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said both the police and government are gravely concerned about such dangerous weapons being in the public domain.
An amnesty period of three months starting 18 August - has thus been declared during which members of the public in possession of illegal firearms, ammunition or armament can surrender these at the nearest police station.
The decision to declare an amnesty period was taken in terms of Section 4 of the Arms and Ammunition Act, 1996 (Act of 1996).
All persons who are in possession of illegal firearms, ammunition, or armaments should surrender such weapons to police officers in charge of police stations without fear of being prosecuted, Ndeitunga said.
He said after the deadline of 18 November, NamPol will launch a nationwide inspection campaign and those found to have defied these orders will face prosecution.
Namibia is between two big giants, Angola and South Africa, and because of colonial wars many of the weapons used during that time are still in the hands of the people, he said.
At least five farmers have been arrested this year alone in the Otjozondjupa Region on charges related to possession of illegal and/or unlicensed weapons and ammunition.