02 Aug 2013 03:30
Trans-Kalahari Border Post, 02 AUG (NAMPA) - The Minister of Safety and Security says the Kalahari Constituency in the Omaheke Region is strategically-placed as it is used by both local and foreign businesspeople to promote their businesses and tourism activities.
Immanuel Ngatjizeko made these remarks during the official inauguration of the newly-constructed Namibian Police barracks at the Trans-Kalahari Border Post Police Station along the Trans-Kalahari Highway on the Namibia-Botswana border on Thursday.
He said the constituency plays a crucial role in Namibias socio-economic development because it is the link in the transportation of goods to and from the harbour town of Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region to the neighbouring countries of Botswana and South Africa, as well as Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Given the above situation, the constituency is also not immune to criminal activities, and as such, the improvement of the living conditions of police officers at the Kalahari Border Post Police Station was a necessity to fight crime at the border and within the communities living in the area.
Members of the Namibian Police Force should always make sure that no transportation of drugs and other illicit products ever goes through this border area, stressed the minister.
He also strongly urged police officers and members of the community to avoid being used by local and foreign suspected drug dealers in the transportation of drugs and other illicit products from the border area to other parts of the country.
The general public residing in the border areas must also always share information with members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), which could lead to the arrest of suspected drug dealers and other criminals operating in the area.
Ngatjizeko furthermore informed senior police officers and Government officials at the event that his ministry is now busy with the procurement of new vehicles for NamPol, with the hope of effectively addressing the existing shortages of vehicles within the countrys law-enforcement unit.
I wish to inform you that the problem of vehicle shortages within the police force is not only confined to the Omaheke Region alone. This is a problem experienced all over the country.
My ministry is now busy with the procurement of new vehicles in order to help minimise the shortages of vehicles for the police in this region, and other parts of the country as well, he noted.
The Kalahari Constituency, which forms part of the border area between Namibia and Botswana, is home to around 9 234 people, and the majority of people here make a living through farming with cattle, goats and sheep.