1 February 2013

Namibia: City Police Arrest Own Over Unpaid Fines

Windhoek — The City Police yesterday raided the offices of the Windhoek Municipality arresting scores of municipal employees, as well as City Police officers with outstanding warrants of arrest for unpaid traffic fines.

The chief of the City Police Abraham Kanime, who masterminded the unprecedented swoop, said the exercice serves to illustrate that no one would be spared the wrath of the City Police, in the ongoing operation against traffic fine violators with outstanding warrants of arrest.

The excerice, Kanime said, is for the City Police to "first clean its house" before extending its campaign to other errant motorists in the city. "Other companies won't be spared, if we are not sparing our own," City Police spokesperson superintendent Helena Mootseng said yesterday.

The operation resulted in 12 officers of the City Police being dragged to the Windhoek Magistrate's Court to answer charges relating to past traffic violations. They were nabbed for traffic violations including driving without wearing seatbelts, speeding and parking at un-authorised places.

In total, 68 people working for the City of Windhoek were arrested and taken to the Windhoek Police Station where they were only released after paying bail. Kanime said the swoop on the City of Windhoek offices should be a lesson to the public "that if they do not come to the City Police headquarters to inquire about their warrants, they will face the full wrath of the law" .

Mootseng said the operation to round up motorists with outstanding warrants will continue throughout the year. Motorists are advised to visit the City Police headoffice to inquire about their warrants rather than to wait to be arrested at work or at home. "There will be no time for talking when we get to them, we will just arrest them," said Mootseng.

The City Police are currently sitting with 50 000 warrants of arrest, stemming from a wide range of traffic violations, including the failure to pay fines and ignoring summonses to appear in court, worth millions of dollars, dating as far back as 2008.

This week Tuesday more than 1 500 motorsists visted the City Police headoffice after learning about the operation.

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