Military convoy spotted – again

The defence ministry says the military vehicles are moving from one base to another.

27 December 2017 | Government

The Namibian public was again alarmed to see a large contingent of about 50 military trucks loaded with Land Rovers spotted along the B1 near the Brakwater weighbridge last Thursday.

The military trucks were seen moving from the north towards Windhoek, with rumours mulling that they must have been moving from Katima Mulilo.

Other rumours were of a possible collusion by Namibia in Zimbabwe's military take over following sightings of two huge military convoys seen to have been driving along the Western Bypass northwards on 21 November.

About two weeks before 21 November a long line of military trucks with Land Rovers mounted on top were also seen driving along Sam Nujoma Avenue in the direction of the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA).

Then, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence, Major Peter Shilumbu, said the trucks seen on Sam Nujoma Avenue were vehicles belonging to the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) being transported to Botswana after having been in transit at Botswana's dry port in Walvis Bay.

Shilumbu also then said the other convoys were a new consignment of military vehicles of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) being deployed and dispatched from Windhoek to their respective units.

Of the military vehicles seen last week Shilumbu said these were NDF trucks moving from one base to another.

“It has been done before,” Shilumbu said, adding in an annoyed tone: “People like to spread rumours.”

“The public must know that the military is not stationed at one place. People should not link Namibia to any other country. We are members of SADC [Southern African Development Community] and if something happens anywhere in the region, SADC will take a decision regarding deployments,” Shilumbu said.

He said he is “not aware of any development where the Namibian army is linked”.

“People should observe whether these vehicles have NDF registration numbers or not,” Shilumbu added.

Journalist Yochanaan Coetzee had gone to take pictures of two of the military trucks that experienced a breakdown along the B1 and reported that the trucks had no registration numbers or any other identification as NDF trucks.

He said the two drivers at the trucks were dressed in dark green overalls.

Coetzee said the drivers were dressed in dark green overalls but had a “strict demeanour” about them, which gave him the impression that they must be soldiers.

The drivers, however, did confirm that they were from “up north”.

“I want to assure the Namibian people that the security situation in the country is stable. People link things to wrong events. There is no need to panic.

If there is any development the Ministry of Defence will announce it to the Namibian public,” said Shilumbu.

CATHERINE SASMAN

Similar News

 

Pensioners given the run-around

2 days ago - 19 January 2018 | Government

CATHERINE SASMANAn elderly couple claim to have been given misleading information about re-registration for state pensions last week.The couple, preferring anonymity, say they went to...

New board must clean up NSFAF mess

3 days ago - 18 January 2018 | Government

A new board of directors has been appointed to clean up and restore the image of the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) and to...

Need a Nambian visa?

4 days ago - 17 January 2018 | Government

The home affairs ministry has apparently taken a leaf out of US President Donald Trump's book by misspelling Namibia's name as 'Nambia'.The ministry has undertaken...

Ueitele marks 2018 as one of integrity

5 days ago - 16 January 2018 | Government

The governor of Omaheke, Festus Ueitele, has described 2017 as an eventful year requiring retrospection and rededication, which should also be the main focus for...

Namibia is closing the gender gap

6 days ago - 15 January 2018 | Government

Namibia has continued its streak of scoring a top-20 ranking on a global gender gap index, coming in at 13th place out of 144 countries.This...

Namibia condemns Trump for 'shithole' countries remarks

1 week ago - 13 January 2018 | Government

The Namibian government has strongly rebuked utterances made by US President Donald Trump who described El Salvador, Haiti and certain African nations as “shithole” countries...

Mnangagwa comes to town

1 week ago - 11 January 2018 | Government

The Office of the President has announced that Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa will pay a one-day courtesy visit toNamibia on Monday. According to the press...

Budget cuts cost 46 SSC jobs

1 week ago - 09 January 2018 | Government

A group of 46 contract workers at the Social Security Commission (SSC) were informed in December that their contracts will not be renewed at the...

Regional land bill passed

3 weeks ago - 29 December 2017 | Government

JEMIMA BEUKES The newly passed Urban and Regional Planning Bill could be a blow to new and emerging construction...

Military convoy spotted – again

3 weeks ago - 27 December 2017 | Government

The Namibian public was again alarmed to see a large contingent of about 50 military trucks loaded with Land Rovers spotted along the B1 near...

Latest News

Germany's first blow in genocide...

2 days ago - 19 January 2018 | Justice

As was expected the German government through its Washington lawyers appealed to the New York federal court to dismiss the Nama and OvaHerero lawsuit, but...

Hambukushu committee in dramatic U-turn

2 days ago - 19 January 2018 | Cultural

In a dramatic twist, a committee established by the Hambukushu tribe with the sole mandate to force local chief Erwin Munika Mbambo to relinquish power,...

Building strong ­relationships

2 days ago - 19 January 2018 | Supplements

TUNOHOLE MUNGOBAAn average day of a sales consultant in the world of vehicle and asset finance begins with an administrative focus to finalise all applications...

Alleged double killer gets new...

2 days ago - 19 January 2018 | Justice

A man accused of killing two women and burning their bodies at a dumpsite in Windhoek in January 2016 now has a new state-funded defence...

Pensioners given the run-around

2 days ago - 19 January 2018 | Government

CATHERINE SASMANAn elderly couple claim to have been given misleading information about re-registration for state pensions last week.The couple, preferring anonymity, say they went to...

Bank Windhoek appoints procurement head...

2 days ago - 19 January 2018 | Supplements

Joubert has over 20 years’ experience in the procurement environment in both the public and financial sectors, including supply chain processes such as receipting, warehousing,...

When to give an annual...

2 days ago - 19 January 2018 | Supplements

Luck of the draw. Some companies have a firm policy that says that employees who haven’t been with the company for at least a full...

Fransfontein hostel: Ministry steps in

2 days ago - 19 January 2018 | Education

Kunene education officials have jumped into action after slum-like living conditions at a Khorixas school hostel came to light this month, vowing to render assistance...

Angola to issue US$2 bln...

2 days ago - 19 January 2018 | Economics

Stephen Eisenhammer - Angola plans to issue a Eurobond and renegotiate bilateral debt in 2018 as part of measures aimed at restructuring the economy and...

Load More