No public nuisance during taxi demonstration: CoW

WINDHOEK: No public nuisance or other offences such as obstruction of traffic flow, littering, vandalism, and obscene behaviour shall be permitted during the taxi demonstration next week, the City of Windhoek has warned.

This forewarning was issued on Thursday in view of the Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) envisaged nationwide strike from Monday to Wednesday next week.

The NTTU has vowed to hold a ‘peaceful’ countrywide strike by its estimated 12 000 members countrywide.

Issues which the NTTU want the government to consider include high traffic fines, and the inadequate provision of taxi ranks as well as loading zones.

The union also complained about the lack of respect and non-recognition of taxi drivers by Government.

The City of Windhoek’s Corporate Communications Officer Josua Amukugo said during a media briefing on Thursday that the demonstration should be conducted strictly as per the relevant and set conditions of public gatherings issued by the Namibian Police in terms of Section 3 (1) of the Public Gatherings Proclamation, AG 23 of 1989.

“Any non-compliance with such conditions by the NTTU or its members or participants shall render this access and prior permission revoked and nullified,” he stressed.

Amukugo said no public nuisance of excessive noise disruption shall be permitted on open spaces, and due respect shall be accorded to the persons residing and visiting the residences along the corner of Hans Dietrich-Genscher Street and Claudius Kandovazu Street in Donkerhoek, Katutura during the three days of the demonstration.

“Only 500 sedan or minibuses shall be permitted entry and parking onto open space of these locations. All the open spaces which are designated for the assembly shall be conspicuously demarcated by the municipal staff and agents,” he stressed.

Further notice is given to all demonstration participants and members of the public that articles, including motor vehicles, used in an attempt or actual commission of offences shall be impounded and seized in terms of the applicable criminal legislation.