02 Nov 2015 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 02 NOV (NAMPA) - Minister of Safety and Security, Charles Namoloh on Monday called on all safety and security agencies and citizens to throw their weight behind 'Operation Omake' to ensure that Namibia becomes a safer place for all her residents and visitors.
Namoloh was speaking during the operations launch at the very same place where the lifeless bodies of the Kuaseua (Cecilia and Jacqueline) sisters were found on 09 October in Khomasdal.
Omake is Oshiwambo/Otjiherero for 'putting hands together'.
Operation Omake is a joint effort between the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Windhoek City Police and Namibian Defence Force (NDF) to ensure there is no place for criminals in Namibia.
The operation was established during the visit of President Hage Geingob to the scene a day after the bodies were found, Namoloh said, and law enforcement officials performed various tasks of clearing the area during the launch as a symbol of commitment to a safer Namibia.
The activities involved machines like a bulldozer and chainsaw.
It is of concern that many of these heinous crimes are committed in the city's riverbeds and in the bushes that seem to be a nesting place for criminals, Namoloh said.
The minister added that many people are making use of the riverbeds to take short-cuts to their homes or to work and since Namibia is a free country, one cannot prevent people to make use of such routes.
Some of the activities under Operation Omake are the clearing of riverbeds and open spaces; flattening of riverbeds where deemed fit; increased patrols of Windhoek City by NamPol and City Police; installing more flood and streetlights, and closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) around the city; enforcement of the Liquor Act; and stricter controlling of liquor outlets like shebeens to mention a few.
Operation Omake will be under the command of NamPol Deputy Inspector-General, Major General James Tjivikua, who will spearhead operations across Namibia.
Tjivikua said Operation Omake will not be easy, but is do-able with the assistance of every Namibian.
This is a mammoth task and in order for us to succeed, we must effectively coordinate all activities, work together as a team and maintain a high standard of professionalism, teamwork and discipline, Tjivikua said.
Operation Omake will continue for as long as it is necessary and will be rolled out to other cities and towns of the 14 regions through the course of time.
Meanwhile, Minister Namoloh called on the judicial system to stop giving bail to frequent offenders.
We are aware of the independence of the Judiciary, but we want to appeal to the prosecution department to stop giving habitual criminals multiple grants of bail, Namoloh stressed.
The launch of the operation was attended by various NamPol officers; Windhoek City Police, NDF, Namibian Correctional Service, members of the Diplomatic Fraternity, city councillors and senior community leaders, as well as senior Government officials.