MoD warns against recording NDF, NamPol members on duty

The Ministry of Defence has warned members of the public to refrain from taking videos of Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and Namibian Defence Force (NDF) members while they are executing their duties.

The warning was issued by Minister of Defence Penda Ya Ndakolo in the National Assembly on Tuesday, while presenting a report on the death of 32-year-old Benesius Kalola.

Kalola died after he was allegedly shot by an NDF member during Operation Kalahari Desert in Windhoek's Single Quarters on 05 September.

He said recording a video of NDF and NamPol members in action is prohibited because it is dangerous as such a video could be used to identify the members for possible revenge or some other criminal intents.

Ya Ndakolo pointed out that there is no deliberate policy of shooting and killing innocent civilians and there is no direct command from the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Force to kill civilians, 'but the uncooperative attitude of some people resulted in shooting incidents.'

A 21-year-old man was also shot during an Operation Kalahari Desert patrol in Walvis Bay last month. He was allegedly involved in a robbery.

Source: Namibia Press Agency