20 Jun 2013 08:00
OPUWO, 20 JUN (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in Kunene Region on Wednesday started raising funds for the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation (SARPCCO) Games scheduled to take place in Windhoek in August this year.
The fundraising is part of the obligation placed on NamPol?s 13 regional commanders by the chief of the Namibian Police, Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga to make a contribution towards the amount of money needed for the successful hosting of the SARPCCO Games.
The games will take place from 19 to 30 August.
A member of the SARPCCO Games local organising committee, Inspector Toivo Angolo told Nampa on Wednesday N.dollars 40 million is needed for the successful hosting of the games.
?NamPol has put aside N.dollars 34 million for the planned SARPCCO Games, and is still depending on fundraising from the respective regions and other stakeholders to collect the remaining N.dollars 6 million,? said Angolo.
Kunene?s fundraising started with a procession from the informal location of Otuzemba through Mbumbijazo Muharukwa Street to the Neuman Katutura Football Stadium, where the activities are being held from Wednesday to Saturday.
Football, volleyball, athletics, chess, darts, netball and tennis, and dancing competitions among others are lined up for the community to watch at a fee of N.dollars 5 per person at the gate, while drinks and meat are being sold as part of the fundraising.
Angolo said the hosting of the SARPCCO Games was a national responsibility and requires all Namibians to contribute towards the successful hosting of the games in Namibia.
Opening the event on behalf of Opuwo mayor Tuarangua Kavari, chairperson of the Management Committee of the Opuwo Town Council, Rex Sheehama said it was a pleasure that such an important event is being held in Opuwo to raise funds for a national event.
Sheehama opened the fundraising with a donation of N.dollars 500.
It will be the first time Namibia host the biennial games.
Other countries that are part of SARPCCO are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
At least 1 600 participants are expected to take part.
The previous event was held in the DRC, where Namibia collected 24 medals and second place overall.
The Deputy Regional Commander of the Kunene Nampol, Deputy Commissioner, James Nderura invited all businesses and the entire community of Kunene Region to contribute towards efforts to generate the much-needed funds for the games.
An amount of N.dollars 800 was collected during the opening ceremony of the fundraising event on Wednesday.