Laws on possession of firearms to be tightened soon: Ngatjizeko

KONGOLA: Safety and Security Minister Immanuel Ngatjizeko says he is disturbed by the increase in violent crimes and misuse of firearms by irresponsible members of the public.

Speaking during the inauguration of the Kongola Police Station in the Zambezi Region on Friday, Ngatjizeko said his ministry is busy reviewing current laws to eliminate all possible loopholes and implement stricter regulations for the possession of firearms.

The Safety and Security Minister stated that illegal possession of firearms, including ammunition and machine guns, has become a daily concern that needs to be seriously addressed.

Ngatjizeko urged members of the public to surrender all illegal firearms in their possession to the Namibian police, other law enforcement agencies or traditional authority leaders.

“I also call on the police to arrest all those found in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunitions. We cannot continue to allow criminals to terrorise our people in their homes and businesses at gunpoint, this must come to an end,” he said.

The minister also called on members of the public to register their firearms and adhere to the laws and regulations governing the possession of firearms, noting that it is better to seek advice early than be arrested.

The opening of the Kongola Police Station comes as a relief for police officers here as they previously operated from a dilapidated fort established by the then apartheid South African police force in the late 1960s.

The state-of-the-art police station was constructed at a cost of N.dollars 25,7 million.

The Kongola Police Station consists of seven offices, record rooms including a charge office, exhibit room, a kitchen, cell block, 42-member police barracks, parking bay, and a recreational area.

The opening of the police station and barracks was also witnessed by police officers from Zambia, Angola and Botswana.

Kongola village is situated 110 kilometres west of Katima Mulilo in the Kongola Constituency.

Villagers there have repeatedly asked for the establishment of a police station to cater for the increasing population in the area.