City council yet to implement traffic amnesty

13 September 2021 | Local News

NAMPA



WINDHOEK

The Windhoek City Council is still waiting for a traffic offenders report from the City Police to guide it in its quest to implement traffic amnesty for Windhoek motorists with outstanding traffic fines.

Asked about progress on the amnesty last week, Windhoek mayor Job Amupanda said the council is not happy with the slow pace at which council resolutions are being implemented and this includes the traffic amnesty implementation, which has been stuck due to City Police not submitting a report of traffic offenders that needs to be discussed at the criminal justice forum with the Prosecutor-General (PG).

During the annual Windhoek mayoral address in December 2020, Amupanda announced that the City of Windhoek would grant amnesty to all drivers who have been issued traffic fines or warrants of arrest before 2 December 2020. This was to help vehicle owners, especially taxi drivers, who have been struggling to pay their traffic fines due to various economic factors exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, nine months after the announcement was made, nothing has been done yet.

Not happy

The mayor said the council could do nothing without the City Police report, which must be used to motivate its request with the PG at the forum.

“Council took a resolution and it was decided that City Police must make a submission which is going to the PG’s office. So, we are just waiting for an update from City Police and we should have received that submission by now.

“I can disclose that councillors are not happy with the speed at which their resolutions are being executed, and we will follow up on that,” Amupanda said.

When contacted for comment last Thursday, City Police Chief Abraham Kanime said he does not see how he fits in the discussion of the report, but even if he has it, he cannot share it with the public because it’s only between him, the City CEO and the council.

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