Firearm amnesty starts
02 September 2021 | Crime
Ileni Shapumba; Inspector; “You will not face any prosecution during this time.”
A number of awareness campaigns – of which the firearms amnesty is regarded as the most important – are being conducted by the Erongo police.
The minister of home affairs, immigration, safety and security Albert Kawana, launched the amnesty month of September at the Israel Patrick Iyambo Police College in Windhoek on Tuesday.
The firearm amnesty campaign is held under the project “Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020” and encourages Namibians to surrender all illegal firearms, ammunition or armaments and all unwanted licensed firearms.
This can be done at any police station countrywide without prosecution.
The amnesty period is from 1 to 30 September 2021.
Thereafter the law will take its course and those who are found in possession of unlicensed firearms, armaments or ammunition will have to carry the consequences.
Inspector Ileni Shapumba, unit commander for community affairs in the Erongo region, encouraged residents to make use of this opportunity.
“Some staff members will be seen on the ground creating awareness about this initiative.”
Shapumba said that the law allows for an individual to have four licensed firearms.
“There are some who have more than four licenses, while others have obtained these firearms illegally. These unlicensed, illegal firearms pose a danger to our communities. Make use of this opportunity; it is for the safety of yourself and those around you.”
He called on residents to come forth and surrender illegal firearms to the police.
“You will not face any prosecution during this time,” he emphasised.
Other campaigns being conducted at the moment include creating awareness about gender-based violence, encouraging police force members to get vaccinated, as well as the use of police suggestion boxes.