WHILE the wearing of face masks to curb the possible spread of the coronavirus is mandatory under the regulations of the State of Emergency, the wearing of masks made out of Special Field Force uniforms will not be allowed.
According to Inspector Ileni Shapumba, the commander of the Community Affairs Division of the Namibian Police in the Erongo Region, officers on patrol at coastal towns accosted some people wearing masks made out of the camouflage uniform of the Special Field Force.
“This is a cause for concern because police camouflage uniforms are made out of protocol material that is for the exclusive use of the Namibian Police,” he said.
Inspector Shapumba added that apart from the use of uniforms to manufacture and sell face masks certain unscrupulous individuals are bound to take advantage of or rob unsuspecting residents by pretending to be police officers.
He said the contraband facemasks were traced back to a certain second-hand shop in Swakopmund where the proprietor was asked to cease the sale of the forbidden items.
“We are still searching for the person and what is left of the Special Field Force uniforms used to manufacture the masks,” he said.
Inspector Shapumba urged coastal residents to rather make use of conventional facemasks which are more effective than those manufactured out of older materials.