Namibian citizens should obey all traffic rules and regulations: President Hifikepunye Pohamba

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba said Namibian citizens should obey all traffic rules and regulations in place if they do not want to get traffic fines.

Pohamba was speaking on Friday during the 24th Independence celebrations at the Independence stadium.

Pohamba stressed that if anyone does not want to comply with the laws and regulations in place, then he or she will be the victim.

His statement is in reference to the countrywide strike of members of the Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) since last week.

Chinese national arrested for allegedly bribing traffic cops

OTJIWARONGO: A Windhoek based Chinese businessman was arrested in Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region on Friday for allegedly bribing the municipality traffic officers.

According to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha the Chinese man allegedly failed to stop on traffic stop signs in Otjiwarongo with his BMW sedan.

The 46-year-old Chinese owns the Lin’s Investment Company in the capital.

He was spotted by the Otjiwarongo Municipality Traffic Officers driving through several stop signs in Otjiwarongo in the Dr Hage Geingob Street from the direction of Okahandja to Otavi.

“The traffic officers had stopped him, but he sped-off in his Silver BMW heading the Otavi direction,” said the police spokesperson here.

Mbeha said since the Chinese man was running away from the traffic officers, he also overtook a truck at high speed on a solid line outside Otjiwarongo on the B1 road.

Police officers who were operating at the road block between Otjiwarongo and Otavi were informed of this Chinese man driving a BMW on high speed.

His BMW was then stopped and pulled-off at the road-block, Mbeha said.

“When the Otjiwarongo Municipality traffic officers arrived at the roadblock, it is alleged the Chinese asked them to let him go without being charged for the offences he committed, and later negotiated to pay them some money,” said Mbeha.

He then pulled out N.dollars 200 note as their payment.

Some NamPol members who were present at the road block arrested him on a charge of bribery.

The Otjiwarongo Municipality traffic officers also issued him two fines to a value of N.dollars 2 500.

He was charged for allegedly failing to stop on traffic stop signs and overtaking on a blind spot.

The Chinese man is now locked at the Otjiwarongo Police Station Holding Cell and is expected to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on a charge of bribery on Monday.

Police investigations continue.

(edited)OTJIWARONGO: A Windhoek-based Chinese businessman was arrested in Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region on Friday for allegedly bribing traffic officers.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on enquiry Sunday the Chinese national allegedly failed to stop at several traffic stop signs in Otjiwarongo with his silver BMW sedan vehicle.

The 46-year-old accused was spotted by Otjiwarongo Municipality traffic officers driving through several stop signs along Dr Hage Geingob Street from the direction of Okahandja.

“The traffic officers tried to stop him, but he sped off towards Otavi,” said the police spokesperson.

Mbeha said the man also overtook a truck at high speed on a solid road surface line outside Otjiwarongo on the B1 road in an attempt to flee the traffic officers.

Namibian Police officers operating at the road block between Otjiwarongo and Otavi were informed of this man, and the BMW was stopped and pulled off the road.

“When the Otjiwarongo Municipality traffic officers arrived at the roadblock, it is alleged the Chinese man asked them to let him go without being charged for the offences he committed, and later negotiated to pay them some money,” said Mbeha.

He then pulled out a N.dollars 200 note as payment, but was subsequently arrested on a charge of bribery.

The Otjiwarongo Municipality traffic officers also issued him two fines to the value of N.dollars 2 500 for allegedly failing to stop at traffic stop signs and overtaking on a ‘blind’ spot.

The Chinese man is now locked up in the Otjiwarongo Police Station, and is expected to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Police investigations continue.

SOURCE: NAMPA