THE Inspector General of the Namibian police, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, has expressed shock at the behaviour of local Forex trader and member of the Namibia Economic Freedom fighters (NEFF) Michael Amushelelo, stating that the young activist’s action has the potential to cause public unrest in Namibia.
“Everyone was shocked to see the behaviour of Amushelelo closing a business facility without a court order or mandate. That action was construed as illegal and intimidation of business owners and these actions have the potential for public disorder,” Ndeitunga noted.
He said there was a warrant issued for the arrest of Amushelelo after the owners of the business premises opened cases against Amushelelo yesterday after he shut down China Town in the capital’s northern industrial area.
He however shared that police’s attempts to track down Amushelelo failed, but that the activist was arrested today when he this morning reported himself to a police station as mandated by bail conditions set out in his previous criminal case.
Amushelelo yesterday took up the issue with the sale of counterfeit goods at China Town, and condemned the recent destruction of counterfeit goods by the Namibia Revenue Agency valued at N$5 million, stating that the government gives preference to Chinese businesses for not destroying their fake goods as well.
Ndeitunga said that the law should be applied equally, and added that if there are any counterfeit goods in any shop in the country, the law should take its course.
“We used to launch operations and these goods have been seized previously. We are not saying that there are no problems, however, the way people are trying to solve certain issues is causing chaos and anarchy,” Ndeitunga said.
Tension in the capital is however rising this morning, as hundreds of NEFF supporters showed up at China Town, blocking the entrance to the road. Authorities are at the scene to calm the crowd down.