Capital's New Year's Eve bash 'peaceful'

01 Jan 2014 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JAN (NAMPA) - City Police Superintendent Gerhardt Kakonda has described the New Year's Eve bash hosted by the City of Windhoek on Tuesday as having a “peaceful atmosphere”.
Kakonda told Nampa on Wednesday no incidences were reported during the event or thereafter.
Members of the public, including performers and traders, were given an hour to clear the site in front of the municipal building after midnight.
“We really thank the public for complying with our request that was put in place for their safety. We did not receive any reports of serious incidences. There were also no accidents reported,” Kakonda said.
He added that minor incidences were only reported in some areas of the Katutura residential area when people wanted to celebrate the New Year on the road and used their vehicles to block roads off, but the police intervened.
“Some members of the public clashed while trying to celebrate on the road. They tried to fire gun shots and some tried to burn tyres, but we had a strategic move and deployed our members in those areas,” he said.
Kakonda added that some fighting was also reported in Katutura.
“But those were isolated incidences and only minor injuries were reported,” he said.
He further noted that there were no burglaries were reported.