Oshana police plead with residents to respect curfew

20 July 2021 | Crime

TUYEIMO HAIDULA

OSHAKATI

The police in the Oshana Region are pleading with residents to respect the 21:00 curfew put in place by President Hage Geingob as part of efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

On Saturday and Sunday, the police patrolled the streets of Oshakati, Ongwediva and Ondangwa led by the region’s head of operations, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa.

Kashuupulwa briefed 27 of the officers, saying the operation is called Hokanam, which is a combination of three previous joint anti-crime campaigns - operations Hornkranz, Kalahari and Namib Desert.

She reiterated that no movement should be allowed after 21:00 unless it is an emergency.

During the patrol, the police made some arrests. While the general conduct of the public was fairly satisfactory, police spokesperson Inspector Thomas Aiyambo expressed concern that the movement of people was still very high.

The police mostly issued warnings to curfew breakers. In addition to the arrests and warnings, the police also seized pangas, knives and other dangerous objects from those who were found roaming the streets.

“The people are still moving after the curfew, which is very bad,” Aiyambo said.

He said the police were challenged by limited resources but would continue to maintain law and order as best they could.

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