14 Aug 2013 12:00
WINDHOEK, 14 AUG (NAMPA) - A team of Namibian police officers who will represent the country in the eighth edition of the Southern Africa Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) Games received national colours on Wednesday.
These Namibian national colours include the national flag and the national Code of Conduct.
The team of about 234 members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s under the leadership of Chief Inspector Hosea Tshinana were given the national colours during an occasion held at the office of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) here on Wednesday afternoon.
Speaking on behalf of NamPol's national team, Chief Inspector Tshinana applauded the Namibian Government through the Ministry of Youth, National Services, Sport and Culture for availing the needed funds for the successful hosting of the games, which begins at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek on Monday.
We are really happy that the Namibian Government has so far provided the needed funds in order to enable the NamPol team to host the games. The NamPol team, as a host, will do everything in its power to lead by example and to show the police officers from other participating Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States our good characteristics, said the senior police officer.
Speaking at the same occasion, NSC Chairperson Vivian Katjiuongua called on the national police team not to fail the country and to try to collect as many trophies and medals as possible during the games.
On Tuesday, Telecom Namibia's Managing Director Frans Ndoroma pledged the companys full support towards the hosting of the games in the form of sponsorship monies, trophies and medals for the various sporting disciplines such as athletics, netball, volleyball, chess, tennis and football to the tune of N.dollars 162 000.
At this event, NamPol Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said the police force is ready and well prepared to host one of the most memorable editions of the games for SADC law enforcement units.
According to a report carried by the daily State-owned 'New Era' newspaper, Ndeitunga also confirmed that 10 countries have so far officially confirmed their participation, with Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar the only notable absentees.
The police chief also thanked the management of Telecom Namibia for their support, saying that organising an event of such magnitude is a huge task which requires every stakeholder to play their part.
The biannual games are primarily aimed at fostering regional partnerships and enhancing cooperation amongst various ranks in the police forces within the SADC region through various sports disciplines.
Since its inception in 1999, the following cities have hosted the biannual police games: Pretoria (South Africa), Otse (Botswana), Johannesburg (South Africa), Harare (Zimbabwe), Blantyre (Malawi) and Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo).
The SARPCCO games will be officially opened by Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob at 09h00 on Monday.