OSHAKATI: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Ondangwa in the Oshana Region on Wednesday last week arrested a young man for possessing dangerous weapons – a Yugoslavian-made rocket-propelled grenade (RPG)-75 rocket and an AK-MC machine gun.
During a media conference at his head office at Oshakati here yesterday, Commander of NamPol in the region, Commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa identified the suspect as Sheendelwako Popyeninge Ingashipola, aged between 20 and 30.
The police arrested Ingashipola while he was busy hiding the arms in Ondangwa, following a tip-off from members of the public.
Kashihakumwa described the two weapons as the most sophisticated and dangerous war equipment, which are not allowed to be possessed by an individual.
Ingashipola made a brief first appearance in the magistrate’s court at Ondangwa on Monday, and his case has been postponed to 24 October this year for further police investigations.
The court granted him bail of N.dollars 5 000.
Namibia has recorded significant improvements in its proportion of tuberculosis (TB) patients with a known HIV status, which allows for improved treatment of people with both diseases.
The percentage of TB patients with a known HIV status increased from 75 per cent in 2010 to 84 per cent in 2011.
Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi yesterday said one of the major drivers of TB in Namibia is the HIV epidemic, with about 50 per cent of TB patients reported in 2011 also infected with HIV.
He was speaking here during the launch of the third edition of the National Guidelines for the Management of Tuberculosis.
The minister said the increase in TB patients with a known HIV status allows Namibia to offer comprehensive care to those affected by both diseases, which in turn improves treatment outcomes.