NamPol Khomas head clarifies shooting incident

The Khomas Nampol commander Commissioner Joseph Shikongo on Monday said no member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) was involved in the shooting of a civilian over the weekend as alleged in recent social media.

Shikongo made these remarks during a media briefing held in the capital saying the civilian who was shot over the weekend was not shot by NDF member.

I want to make it categorically clear that during the period under review, as reported we do not have any NDF member involved into shooting of a civilian as reported. It was a matter of lack of communication, he said.

Shikongo said a woman who was dropped off by a taxi at about 19h00 on Saturday at Clemens Kapuo street in Katutura was immediately attacked by a robber prompting the taxi driver to assist the women by firing warning shots in the air but the perpetrator instead tried to attack the taxi driver with a knife.

He said the taxi driver then shot the suspect in the leg to defend himself and reported the matter to the Wanaheda police station.

Shikongo said the suspect is well-known and has a history of criminal offences including robbery amongst others.

Meanwhile, Shikongo said the Namibian Police (NamPol) operations will soon include officials from the Ministry of Information Communication Technology (MICT).

Shikongo said during the period between 7 to 13 October 2019, crime in Windhoek has gone down by two per cent.

He said during the second phase of Kalahari Desert Operation between 12 August to 8 September 2019, about 2 504 cases of violence were reported while during the third phase crime has decreased to about 2467 cases between 10 September and 7 October 2019 respectively.

In the meantime, Shikongo said with regards to road safety report during the period from 7 to 13 October 2019, about 218 cases were reported while 148 accidents were reported in the Khomas region amongst others.

Shikongo warned those who involve into criminal activities saying their days are numbered adding that NamPol is working around the clock to root out those rotten apples.

Source: Namibia Press Agency