Govt. must admit that they lied- Kapinga

Daniel Chida

Member of Parliament for Okavango, Kenny Kapinga, has called on government to publicly admit that they lied to the nation by saying the firearms for Anti Poaching Unit were acquired illegally.

When debating the Committee of Supply’s budget for Administration of Justice under the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security last week, Kapinga said he was disappointed by government’s decision in disarming the Anti Poaching Unit as there had been an increase in poaching of rhinos. “My knowledge is that those fire arms were lawfully acquired in terms of Section 73 (3) of the National Parks and Conservation Act and it is improper that the nation should be mislead on the law.”

The former Deputy Police Commissioner said the Attorney General who should be advising properly as to what the law provides kept silent on a matter of significant national concern. “You cannot allow a department to acquire fire arms then turn around and say they were illegally acquired when the law is clear that they are given an exception under the law to acquire the fire arms that they need for the discharge of their duties.”

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