THE Inspector-General of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, has warned the public to comply with the rules and regulations that were put in place as the country migrated back to Stage 3 of the State of Emergency.
General Ndeitunga warned that people will be issued with fines of N$2 000 if they are found outside their homes after 20:00 tonight.
He warned that people found selling or drinking alcohol during curfew hours face similar penalties countrywide.
The police boss also warned that warrants of arrest will be requested from the courts for people who did not pay the fines that they were issued with earlier.
“I urge the public to use their common sense by staying at home during the curfew hours that start at 20:00 in the evening and ends at 05:00 the following morning. People should finish what they need to do before the curfew starts at night,” he said.
The general warned that the various law enforcement agencies that form the security cluster, will redouble their efforts to combat crime and the spread of the coronavirus during the hard lockdown in restricted areas.
“We should understand that COVID-19 is a threat to all of us, and we must keep safe and avoid unnecessary gatherings and going on drinking sprees. It is the duty of all of us to take care of ourselves and not expose others to danger,” he cautioned.
General Ndeitunga said the visibility of members of the security cluster will be increased in all 14 regions.
“This will include the deployment of officials to man country road traffic checkpoints, the reinforcement of permanent road traffic checkpoints and an increase in mobile check points and roadblocks that will be set up within and outside the municipal districts that falls under the special dispensation of the State of Emergency,” he said, adding “Let us fight the war with this invisible enemy and contain the spread of this disease by disciplining ourselves.”
Ndeitunga urged law enforcement officers to issue spot fines or release offenders with warnings to avoid overcrowding in police cells during the hard lockdown.