18 Aug 2013 10:00
WINDHOEK, 18 AUG (NAMPA) The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) took over the chairmanship of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation (SARPCCO) from Tanzania during a short ceremony in Windhoek on Sunday.
The ceremony took place on the last day of the three-day SARPCCO technical extra-ordinary meeting.
As part of the handing over exercise, NamPol Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga received a symbolic sword from Tanzania's Police Chief Saidi Ally Mwema.
Mwema said during the ceremony he is aware of the enormous responsibilities and expectations a country chairing SARPCCO faces.
Southern Africa, like the rest of the world, has not been spared from the global challenges that have visited the generations of our time, with astounding ramifications on trans-national crimes, he stated.
He indicated that such challenges include the vicious spiral of poverty spawned by climate change and persistent droughts; the ravaging effects of diseases like malaria and HIV/AIDS; lack of affordable and clean forms of energy; economic recessions and internal conflict.
These challenges are not core to policing, but they have spin-off effects on the social economic and political fabric of our societies, he noted.
Ndeitunga during his acceptance speech said the good cooperation in the fight against emerging sophisticated cross-border and trans-national crime on the African continent will be strengthened to ensure that there is no safe haven for criminals in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
I am quite confident that with the technology at the disposal of our institutions and unwavering support of my colleagues the organisation (SARPCCO) will continue to strive to provide quality service to the people of southern Africa, and beyond. With the aid of advanced technology in fields such as investigations, forensics and intelligence, we can pursue societal dreams and aspirations in an environment of peace and tranquillity, he indicated.
The SARPCCO extra-ordinary meeting preceded the eighth SARPCCO Games, which start in Windhoek on Monday. The Games will see around 1 800 athletes and officials from countries within the SADC region take part in various sports codes such as football, tennis, netball and volleyball. The Games will be officially opened by the Prime Minister, Dr Hage Geingob.
The theme of the Games, which end on 30 August, is Combating Crime, United in Sport. SARPCCO is an organisation of Chiefs of Police of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States. It was conceived in 1994 in Swaziland during the Regional Seminar for Police Executives, before being formally established in 1995 in Zimbabwe.
In 2006, SARPCCO was recognised as the sole law enforcement structure of the SADC, an intergovernmental organisation which promotes socio-economic cooperation.