THE Namibian Defence Force (NDF) has issued a stern warning to citizens inciting threats of violence, assassinations, chaos and civil war particularly through social media.
The military noted that as a result, it has increased its security levels as the country prepares to go to elections tomorrow.
In a statement issued today, vice marshal Lieutenant General Martin Kambulu Pinehas, chief of the defence force, stated that the NDF, as the guarantor of national security has taken social media threats seriously and has therefore elevated the security in the country to the highest level.
Pinehas noted that the NDF will take necessary measures to protect national key points and citizens if push comes to shove.
“The NDF has noted with concern disturbing incitements of violence, assassinations, chaos and civil war by certain individuals or groups using social media,” he said, adding that such dangerous insinuations are meant to intimidate voters, destroy national unity, and cause resentment towards leadership, particularly against the head of state, President Hage Geingob.
“What is most surprising is the fact that the issues of threats are purportedly made on behalf of certain candidates, however, none amongst those political parties or presidential candidates have ever condemned or distanced themselves from these threats,” Pinehas noted.
Pinehas further reminded Namibians that the current government will remain in power until 21 March 2020, regardless of what the election results are.
“The nation is being reminded that the electoral system of Namibia does not provide for the dissolution of government during the time of elections. As such, the NDF, as the instrument of state, is obliged and will continue to serve the government of the day as prescribed,” Pinehas said.
He added that it is the responsibility of all citizens to ensure that Namibia remains peaceful and stable during the elections.
“You have the obligation to shun participating in any unlawful and treasonous activities and to report any suspicious movements and activities taking place in your areas to the security agencies. We would like to assure the citizenry and those visiting Namibia that the NDF and other security agencies are on high alert to ensure that Namibia remains peaceful and stable. To the voters, please rest assured that your security and freedom are guaranteed as you exercise your constitutional duty tomorrow,” Pinehas concluded.