CoW warns against swindlers defrauding public

WINDHOEK; The City of Windhoek (CoW) has warned the public to be on the lookout for swindlers who defraud people by pretending to assist them with the business registration process.

Speaking at a media briefing here on Wednesday, City of Windhoek spokesperson Joshua Amukugo urged business owners not to pay any individuals to assist them with registering their business as the City has not contracted any intermediaries to carry out such a task.

He urged business owners to register and renew their registration annually with the City at the business registration counter in the customer care centre and make payments to the CoW cashiers at the municipal offices, after which they will be issued with a receipt.

Amukugo said inspections on the premises are also only carried out by CoW employees, and applications submitted are approved after all inspections are conducted as per set registrations and other municipal by-laws.

“Once the application has met all requirements and payment is done, a certificate of fitness/registration will be issued which is valid for a year and it is renewable on yearly basis,” he said.

Amukugo said anyone found contravening the law will receive a fine not exceeding N.dollars 2000 or will be imprisoned for a period not exceeding six months, or both.