WINDHOEK, (Xinhua) --
The Namibian government declared an amnesty
Friday to allow all those who have illegal firearms to surrender
them to the police.
inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga told a media briefing in
Windhoek that the amnesty will run until Nov. 18.
He said the police
and the government are concerned with the proliferation of
illegal firearms, ammunition and armaments discovered in recent
Ndeitunga, the police confiscated 560 illegal firearms between
2013 and 2015.
“This is of grave
concern to the police and government as these dangerous weapons
are out there in the public domain, posing an imminent threat to
the safety and security of citizens,” Ndeitunga said.
All those in
possession of illegal firearms, he said, must surrender them to
the nearest police officer in charge of any police station and
will not be prosecuted.
This is the second
time after Namibia attained independence in 1990 that a firearms
amnesty has been declared.
In 1992, the
government called on all those who had fought in the war on the
side of the ruling Swapo Party and the South African Defense
Forces to surrender their weapons.