15 Mar 2014 11:40am
KONGOLA, 15 MAR (NAMPA) A new police station and barracks were inaugurated by Minister of Safety and Security Immanuel Ngatjizeko at Kongola village in the Zambezi Region on Friday.
This comes after repeated requests by Kongola villagers for the establishment of a police station to cater for the increasing population in the area.
Kongola village is situated 110 kilometres west of Katima Mulilo in the Kongola Constituency.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officials employed there previously operated from a dilapidated fort established by the then apartheid South African police force in the late 1960s.
The dilapidated state of the building was not conducive for police officers to render effective and efficient service to the public.
Inaugurating the new N.dollars 25,7 million police station, Ngatjizeko said it will serve a large area. He stressed that the strategically located police station, which is situated along the Trans-Caprivi highway, will amongst others deal with cross-border crime, the movement of people and illegal goods, as well as illegal hunting since it is situated within the Bwabwata National Park.
The minister said he is optimistic that the importing of illegal products, especially drugs, will be strictly dealt with as the performance of law enforcement officers will also be improved.
The police station will be equipped with two vehicles to ensure quick response to potential crimes in Kongola and the surrounding areas.
Ngatjizeko went on to urge church and traditional authority leaders to talk to their followers about the importance of establishing community policing bodies in their respective areas, and cautioned community members not to harbour criminals in their households.
Cooperate with the police to ensure peace and stability in the country, the Safety and Security Minister said.
He also launched a scathing attack on law enforcement officers who are alleged to be involved in a number of different criminal activities and warned them that they will face the full wrath of the law if found guilty.
Ngatjizeko cautioned police officers and residents of the Kongola area and surrounding villages that the construction of the police station was an expensive exercise, and urged them to look after the property.
Chief Tembwe Mayuni of the Mashi Traditional Authority, whose speech was read on his behalf by Stanley Kwanu, said the new police station is now situated adjacent to the area his subjects reside in, compared to the old police station which was located further away.
He urged his subjects to cooperate with the police and to not hamper the accomplishment of their duties of maintaining law and order.
The Kongola Police Station consist of seven offices, record rooms including a charge office, exhibit room, a kitchen, cell block, 42-member police barracks, parking bay, and a recreational area.
The opening of the Kongola Police Station and barracks was also witnessed by police officers from Zambia, Angola and Botswana.