City Police warn against weapons at New Year's Eve bash

28 Dec 2018 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 28 DEC (NAMPA) - The City Police have warned the public against carrying weapons at the annual New Year's Eve bash hosted by the City of Windhoek.
Residents are also not allowed to take their own fireworks or alcohol to the event taking place at the municipal parking area in Independence Avenue, between Sam Nujoma Drive and Garten Street, on Monday.
City Police spokesperson, Fabian Amukwelele told Nampa in an interview Friday they are going to partner with the Namibian Police Force and Namibian Defence Force and will patrol the streets leading into Independence Avenue.
They will surround the venue and have undercover officers in the crowd. Officers will also be stationed at all entrances, exits and restricted areas.
“We will also monitor the venue and nearby areas via closed-circuit television for any suspicious activity,” Amukwelele said.
The bash, which starts at 16h00, will have headlining performances from Tate Buti, King Tee Dee (formerly known as The Dogg) and Adora.
In a statement issued on Friday, the Namibian Police Force also warned against the discharging of firearms during celebrations.
It said the police have noted that members of the public shoot into the air as a way to celebrate on Christmas and New Year and during weddings.
“It contravenes the law and poses great danger to the public,” the statement said.
It said discharging of a firearm as a manner of celebration is a direct violation of the Firearm and Ammunition Act 7 of 1996 and anyone found to contravene the Act “will face the full wrath of the law”.