by Hileni Nembwaya

POLICE in Omusati region arrested and fined more than 20 people for violating Covid-19 state of emergency regulations last weekend.

Omusati police regional commander Titus Shikongo

Of those arrested, two were a bride and a groom arrested at two different weddings and were each found hosting large numbers of people at wedding receptions at their homesteads.

According to Omusati police regional commander, Titus Shikongo, many of these arrests were made at wedding ceremonies as many couples continue hosting large wedding receptions in disregard of the Covid-19 regulations.

“We are not against people getting married, we want people to move away from the old normal and stick to the required number of people at public gatherings. People should get married at small ceremonies and postpone their receptions to a later date when things get back to normal. Our priority is to protect the lives of the people,” stressed Shikongo.

All suspects who were arrested were each fined N$2000.

Shikongo said three of the suspects were arrested for hosting large gatherings, while seven were arrested for purchasing and selling alcohol and another two were not wearing a mask in a public space.

Another eight suspects were arrested for the transportation of too many persons in a vehicle.

The total fines amounted to N$48 000.

So far only one person, the groom settled his fine, and the rest of the suspects are yet to pay.

“We have given them a time frame to settle their fines, however, if they fail to pay within the given time, they will appear in court where a magistrate will then make a ruling on the matter. The country is under a threat and it is our duty to protect and enforce the law. We are not going to compromise on the health of our people at all,” he said.

Shikongo urged all the inhabitants of Omusati to strictly adhere to the precautionary measures put in place by the authorities and maintain social distancing at all times.

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