Opposition party, Congress of Democrats (CoD) has called for stricter gun controls within the defense force in the wake of a shooting that claimed five lives at Katima Mulilo’s Cheetah Entertainment army bar.
A Namibia Defence Force (NDF) member, Max Lucas, ran amok at a bar owned by the army shooting to death four people and wounding two others before turning the gun on himself.
The shooting was triggered by some disagreement over jackpot winnings.
"The least we expected from Government, therefore, was a commitment to review NDF’s gun control for off duty officers and bars operated by NDF and make these new policies known.
“This is Minister Nahas Angula’s responsibility and he cannot continue to duck under the cover of his celebrated habit of denial,"CoD said in a statement.
The opposition party, in its press statement released today challenged Government to act saying, "The reports we receive are that there is a sense of persecution in these communities particularly with so many former prisoners recently released after spending more than a decade on what appears to be trumped up charges in the on-going Caprivi trial.
“They compare Government’s vociferous approach to the Buffalo Bar’s brawl to the same Government’s silence like a grave in the case of Katima Mulilo killings. It does not make them comfortable – and rightly so we would add."
According to CoD, it is worrisome that all Namibians have seen a blanket of silence from Government on the issue which they argue needs urgent remedy.
"Our view is that the murder of the five and the further wounding of two is not only a terrible and sad tragedy where families have been deprived of loved ones and children orphaned but is a failure and consequence of Government’s policy on access to or handling of fire-arms by off-duty officers. It is also a consequence of the Government’s liquor policy involving officers and the general population,"CoD added.
CoD also urged authorities to prioritise and speed up the investigation in the killing incident.