WINDHOEK: The community of members of the Babylon Informal Settlement in the capital are against the Namibia Police (NamPol)’s decision to stop them collecting fire wood in the surrounding.
A community member who decided to remain Anonymous told Nampa on Saturday that the NamPol officers on Friday interrogated and stopped a group of five women from collecting fire wood near Bokomo Namibia (Pty) Ltd 10kilometre north outside Windhoek
He said the police officer informed the women that they are not allowed cut down tress and collect fire wood in the surrounding without giving the reasons.
“ We are not allowed to collect fire wood in this area. Five women were stopped and their fire wood were confiscated by police on Friday,” unidentified man told the officials from the ministry of Mines and Energy while demonstrating the importance and use of Biomass Efficient Stoves at Kilimandjaro Centre on Saturday.
Approached for comment, The Ministry has embanked on campaign to educate the people on the use of these energy efficient stoves, started in Babylon informal settlement and expected to roll-out to all informal settlement in the capital, Senior Energy Researcher in the Ministry of Mines and Energy Susan Tise told Nampa on Saturday.
Tise said the campaign is targeting areas in the capital where there is no electricity as people are using fire wood to prepare food.
She said the stoves were manufactured by Namibian trained by the Ministry of Mines and Energy as part of the promotion of renewable energy programme in the ministry.
Tise described the use of these stoves as efficient, saving energy and wood or charcoals.