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Guns used in 100 murders since 2019

2022-07-11  Eveline de Klerk

Guns used in 100 murders since 2019

Eveline de Klerk

WALVIS BAY – At least 100 murders were committed with firearms in Namibia, while a total of 410 attempted murder cases were also reported during the last three years.

Moreover, a total of 11 086 robberies with firearms and 806 pointing of firearm cases were reported during the said time. These grim figures were shared on Saturday by deputy police chief Anne-Marie Nainda during the International Small Arms Destruction Day held at Walvis Bay.

She says these figures demonstrate how serious criminal activities are when it comes to the misuse of firearms.  “The statistics may not be entirely attributed to criminally-minded people’s actions, as some might be as a result of some responsible and law-abiding citizens, who might have been negligent at times, including law enforcers,” Nainda explained.

According to her, the number of armed robbery and murder cases recorded remain a matter of serious concern. 

She then reminded Namibians that firearms should not be owned with bad intent, as it compromises the safety and security of others. “It should not be used for criminal activities, as it instils fear and insecurity. It should be used to protect people and their properties from criminals. I would, therefore, like to call upon firearm owners to refrain from carrying firearms in public places, such as bars, sports and other public events to avoid posing danger to others or losing their firearms,” Nainda appealed.

According to her, police officers are, therefore, directed to ensure those culprits, finding themselves on the wrong side of the laws regulating the handling and use of firearms, are brought to book and dealt with accordingly.


2022-07-11  Eveline de Klerk

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