Okorusu shows appreciation for Police work in Otjiwarongo

OTJIWARONGO: The Okorusu Fluorspar Mine on Monday donated some money to the Namibian Police Force’s (NamPol) Otjiwarongo Police Station, in appreciation of their hard work and commitment to fight crime.

Okorusu Fluorspar’s Metallurgical Mine Manager, Willy Nependa told Nampa, in an interview shortly before handing over the cheque of N.dollars 10 000, that the money was just a small token of appreciation.

He said the leadership of Okorusu Mine was pleased at the beginning of this month after the police arrested a syndicate of three men from Otjiwarongo for theft and/or possession of illegal semi-precious stones that they allegedly smuggled from the Okorusu Fluorspar Mine.

Nependa said the three men were arrested at the Otavi-Otjiwarongo permanent Police roadblock with several semi-precious stones known as fluorite crystals, which are the most valued minerals at the mine.

Two of the suspects were employees of Okorusu Mine, and it is suspected that they might have smuggled the stones from the mine.

Okorusu Fluorspar Mineral Resources Manager Daniel Machoko told this news agency two weeks ago that the stones, with a street value of N.dollars 10 000, were stolen in their raw form.

He said it is suspected the three accused persons might have had links to a direct bulk buyer of the semi-precious stones.

The trio appeared in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court, and were sentenced to pay fines of N.dollars 5 000 each, after they pled guilty to the charges.

They all paid the fines.

Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Joseph Anghuwo on Monday thanked Okorusu Mine for the donation and promised to use the money on activities that will improve on the policing efforts in the region.

Okorusu Fluorspar Mine is situated 60 kilometres north of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.

In October 2014, the mine suspended its mining activities due to the insufficient fluorite iron ore in the mine’s territory. In the process, a total of 427 employees were retrenched, and only 30 people were retained.

The 30 workers who were retained were tasked to maintain and take care of the mine’s properties on a renewable contract basis.