02 Jun 2019 14:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 02 JUN (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Erongo Region has issued a stern warning to churches operated in illegal structures, particularly in the Kuisebmund residential area and DRC informal settlement.
NamPols Commander of Community Affairs in the Erongo Region, Warrant Officer Ileni Shapumba said at a media platform on Sunday that there has been an increase in the number of such churches, which produce excessive noise.
We have received so many complaints from residents in these areas who are pleading to be rescued from these noisy gatherings as they are unable to sleep at night but when preachers in these churches are approached by police, they would question the operation of shebeens and bars.
These preachers also approach us with anger and lack of respect and this has to stop because for a church to level its morality with a shebeen, (that) should be questioned, Shapumba stated.
He urged that this is a social issue which if not addressed, will grow into a serious moral decay.
As a matter of fact, we are busy addressing alcohol-related crimes through Operation Kalahari Desert and we get better cooperation from shebeen owners as compared to certain church leaders.
We also have committees of shebeen owners fighting crime alongside the police but we are failing to secure a committee with spiritual leaders despite several attempts, he further expressed.
Shapumba advised everyone planning on running a church to go through the necessary procedures by getting consent from a local authority and should be in a position to run such a church in a proper structure, with the approval of residents in which the structure is located.
He warned that the police will confiscate high volume speakers and other devices used in any church structures should they contribute to noise pollution.
Churches should redirect their purpose to moral education and the police agrees that we both speak the same social language, but people should consider (the) interest of the people in which they operate by giving them a chance to have peaceful rest at night,' he added.