Minister says he is disturbed by increase in violent crimes and misuse of firearms by public

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 yesterday, 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.

He also called on the police to arrest all those found in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunitions.

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