By Risco Lumamezi
THE Namibian Police in Zambezi region are ready to enforce a shut-down of non essential services in Zambezi, for the safetness in combating the transmission of the deadly Coronavirus.
Nampol Regional Commander for Zambezi region, Commissioner Karel Theron told Caprivi Vision that “We are ready to enforce the rules and regulations which were set and laid down by his Excellency”
He added that they have started early by informing the community on what is coming as some people they don’t want to listen.
He warned the community to comply and adhere to the directives from the high authority, in shutting down the Shebeens at 18hrs and opening at 10 AM.
The police have co-opted with the Katima Mulilo Town Council to remove all street vendors from the streets of Katima Mulilo.
“It seems that some of the community members they don’t take it seriously, the police in Zambezi region are not here to harass people but for the best interest of the people”. He stressed
He added that as from March 27, 2020 the police will make sure that people in the shops should keep distances and the media to play an important role by informing the people to start moving.
He said, the boarders are still open for the essential business services and are closed for the movement of people.
Commissioner Theron further said that “our community in Zambezi region must start now comply with the directives of the government which instructs us to do”
COVID-19 is a global health pandemic phenomenon which currently stands at 6 cases of people who tested positive in Namibia.
The Namibian Cabinet on Tuesday has imposed strict measures on the current status quo of COVID-19 in Namibia to strengthen detection, testing, quarantine, isolation and contact tracing, to mitigate further spread of the epidemic.
However, Namibian President Dr. Hage Geingob issued a statement on March 24, that “COVID-19 is not only a threat to the lives of the Namibian People and the public health system; it also bears negative economic impacts threatening the survival of businesses and consequently jobs and livelihoods. Our key priority is therefore to curb the spread of disease.”
He said the extraordinary measures are adopted with the sole purpose of protecting the health, security and safety of the Namibian people.
“During this difficult period, I call on all Namibians to cooperate with the authorities and to remain calm, in order to ensure that public order is not compromised. Allow the authorities to work unhindered.”
Meanwhile, as per directives from the president, the general public is urged to remain at their homes and avoid public gatherings at places such as bars, Shebeens, nightclubs and markets. And the law enforcement authorities to enforce strict measures.
Local travel restrictions within the country will be applicable to Khomas and Erongo regions, for an effective period of 21 days starting on Friday, March 27, 2020 to Thursday, April 16, 2020.
Official points of entry to Namibia such as, Oshikango, Katwitwi, Wenela, Buitepos, Ariamsvlei, Noordoewer, Luderitz and Walvis Bay are closed for passengers.