08 Jun 2013 10:50
KAMANJAB, 08 JUN (NAMPA) - The Minister of Safety and Security, Immanuel Ngatjizeko on Friday officially commissioned the revamped police station and police barracks at Kamanjab in the Kunene Region.
Also commissioned were two fuel tanks for use by the police.
Kamanjab is situated over 150 kilometres west of Outjo.
The Kamanjab Police Sub-station now comprises a renovated charge office, male and female police barracks, a holding cell block and two fuel tanks with a collective storage capacity of 20 000 litres.
The charge office and barracks were renovated at a cost over N.dollars 8,8 million from September 2008 to March 2011, while work on the fuel tanks and holding cells was carried out from July 2011 to June 2013 at a cost of over N.dollars 13,3 million.
Addressing those present at the commissioning event, Ngatjizeko said the most prevalent crimes in Kamanjab are illegal hunting, stock theft, housebreaking, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence and common assault.
He said the renovations on the Kamanjab Police Sub-station shows Government?s commitment to bringing crucial policing services and modern facilities closer to the people.
?This renovated police sub-station is a clear testimony of our Government?s commitment to providing a decent and conducive working environment in order for our women and men in uniform to serve the nation,? he said.
He said the police station has been providing services to hundreds of tourists and communal and commercial farmers, as well as to the over 6 000 inhabitants of Kamanjab.
The police sub-station also serves the areas 70 kilometres east, 54 kilometres south, 50 kilometres north and 120 kilometres west of the Kamanjab Constituency.
Ngatjizeko said the existence of a modern and renovated police station like the one at Kamanjab does not mean crime will automatically reduce in the area, adding that the 53 police officers based here must be devoted members of the police force.
?Such police officers must be disciplined, loyal and patriotic and consider their profession as a calling, not a mere job opportunity,? said the minister.
He also warned them to be professional when arresting suspects, saying it is not the work of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) to judge suspects when arresting them.
Ngatjizeko also warned the police officers here not to vandalise the renovated facilities.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Kamanjab Constituency Councillor Dudu Murorua; NamPol Deputy Inspector-General for Operations, Major-General Vilho Hifindaka; and the /Gaio-Daman Traditional Authority Chief Max Haraseb, amongst others.