Kanime warns residents against firing shots on New Year's Eve

30 Dec 2013 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 30 DEC (NAMPA) – City Police Chief Abraham Kanime has warned Windhoek residents to refrain from firing gunshots into the air to celebrate the New Year.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, Kanime also cautioned residents about the use of fireworks to ring in the new year on Tuesday night.
He said people should avoid firing shots into the air on New Year’s Eve as this could lead to unnecessary deaths.
“The use of firearms as a way of celebrating the New Year is prohibited,” he stressed.
Kanime further stated that the use of fireworks in public areas is also not allowed, saying individuals who wish to make use of fireworks are required to apply for permission from the City of Windhoek to do so.
He said even if permission is obtained, fireworks should then be used under the supervision of the City Police.
Kanime noted that the City of Windhoek and Windhoek business community have organised a New Year’s Eve celebration event which will include a fireworks display. It will take place in front of the municipal building in the Central Business District on Tuesday night, and the City Police Chief invited Windhoek residents to join the festivities there to welcome 2014 in a safe and enjoyable manner.
Kanime further called on Windhoek residents to keep their consumption of alcohol to a minimum.
“I urge members of the public to conduct themselves properly and enjoy their public holiday safely, and to not use alcohol extensively as a way of celebrating the New Year,” he said.
He went on to say members of the City Police will double their efforts to ensure that no person drives under the influence of alcohol on New Year's Eve, with a number of roadblocks set to be erected around the capital to maintain law and order.
Kanime said anyone found driving under the influence of alcohol will be arrested immediately.
He also urged residents to consume alcohol responsibly in private settings, and to not do so in public.
“Anyone found drinking alcohol on the street will be arrested,” Kanime said.