Namibian Police Inspector General, Lieutenant General Sabastian Ndeitunga has been elected for top position at the International Criminal Police Organisation (ICPO) INTERPOL after a majority vote of 99.2% .
Ndeitunga was elected as the International Chiefs of Police Organization (ICPO-INTERPOL) Vice-President for Africa on 7 November 2014 in Monaco during the 83rd INTERPOL General Assembly Session.
His election was supported by member countries due to his national and internationally policing experience. He has been the Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force for nine years after he went through the rank since his appointment in the Namibian Police Force.
According to the statement released by the Nampol public relations department Ndeitunga was requested by various Police Chiefs of African Police Forces/Services to make himself available for the vacant position for Africa at the INTERPOL Executive Committee.
"He is known for his dedication and commitment as chairperson of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Coordination Organization (SARPCCO) where Namibia served twice as chairperson of this prestige organization, once in 2008-2009 and again in 2013-2014. Collectively with other Police Chiefs in SARPCCO, he strengthened and deepened ties with other regional and inter-regional bodies, particularly on joint operations which were a resounding success and Namibian even earned an INTERPOL Regional Award at the Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam during September 2014, " the statement said.
His election campaign has gone far beyond the boundaries of the Southern African Development Community and 190 INTERPOL member countries were contacted and support for his election was solicited. His nomination was appreciated from various corners of the world and the commitment pledged for his election was overwhelming before and even during the INTEPOL Conference in Monaco.
The police PR department added that the decision for Ndeitunga to agree to submit his candidature as the delegate for Africa to the Executive Committee and ultimately as Vice-President stems from his desire to effectively contribute to the realization of the AFRIPOL and the strengthening of the cooperation between INTERPOL and AFRIPOL to enhance the level of cooperation among police chiefs within the INTERPOL family to an even greater height;
Appreciating his appointment Ndeitunga said, “I would like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Government of the Republic of Namibia for the opportunity awarded to me and to the INTERPOL member states for the confidence they have in him.”