Ndeitunga concerned about slow finalisation of cases

24 Sep 2015 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 24 SEP (NAMPA) - The Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has expressed concern about the slow pace in the finalisation of criminal cases in courts in the country, which results in a backlog of cases.
Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said this while addressing members of the police force’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) during a one-day criminal investigation meeting at the Israel Patrick Iyambo Police College on Thursday.
“As we are all aware, NamPol is the first leg or point of entry into the administration of justice and as such, the majority of the challenges that are frustrating the administration of justice fall squarely within the ambit of law enforcement,” he said.
Ndeitunga mentioned that some of the challenges include failure to present case dockets before court; investigations taking unnecessarily long to be finalised; lack of proper investigations; case dockets not inspected as prescribed; and instructions of prosecutors not being complied with.
Other challenges are that dockets of investigating officers who go on leave/missions are not reassigned in a timely fashion or not being reassigned at all. Dockets are also not presented timeously to the prosecutors for timely preparation; no proper consultations take place between investigating officers and prosecutors; and investigating officers also do not attend court when their cases are presented.
Ndeitunga stated that according to Article 12 of the Namibian Constitution, all persons shall be entitled to a fair public hearing by an independent, impartial and competent court, and such trial must take place in a reasonable time.
He stressed that it is the responsibility of every investigating officer, their commanders and court officials to comply with these provisions, adding that failing to comply with this might lead to the release of offenders and civil claims against the government.
“I can see no reason why case dockets should not be presented to public prosecutors on time. I believe an individual investigating officer and commanders should be held responsible for any delay or failure to present case dockets,” Ndeitunga said.