Increased trade blamed for escalating crime in Kavango West

05 Feb 2014 16:00pm
MPUNGU, 05 FEB (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police in the two Kavango regions are trying to curb robbery incidents escalating in the Kavango West Region by means of check-points and regular patrols.
Since the completion of the Mpungu-Okongo and Katwitwi-Tsumeb tarred roads, trade volumes have increased in the area as well as to south-east Angola, which in turn brought to the fore criminal activities.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Kavango Regional Crime Investigations’ Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Willie Bampton on Wednesday cautioned road users, especially businesspeople, not to travel on these roads alone because the areas are bushy and ideal for criminal activities such as robberies.
“Travel with other people when using these roads, then criminals might not attack two or more cars,” he advised in an interview with Nampa.
Bampton cited an incident late last month when criminals robbed a 50-year-old man of N.dollars 18 000 and a pistol at the Mbambi village near Katwitwi in the Kavango West Region by setting up a fake roadblock.
The five suspects - four of whom were dressed in NamPol uniforms - set up a bogus roadblock some 40 kilometres south of Nkurenkuru - and searched vehicles passing through the roadblock.
They also had a pick-up vehicle with a police number plate parked on the side of the road.
The victim was left tied up in a nearby bush.