Omaheke to embrace 'Operation Omake'

18 Jan 2016 15:50pm
GOBABIS, 18 JAN (NAMPA) – Operation Omake, a joint effort between the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) to maintain law and order in Namibia, will soon be launched in the Omaheke Region.
Operation Omake was established as per directive from the Head of State Hage Geingob to law enforcement agencies, to intensify crime prevention initiatives and public safety operations aimed at combating the increase in crime.
The directive includes the clearing of riverbeds and spaces that have become a safe haven for criminals; installation of flood and streetlights in crime-prone areas; installation of additional CCTV cameras in crime-prone areas; and strict enforcement of the Liquor Act 1998 (Act 6 of 1998).
The operation was launched in early November 2015 by the Minister of Safety and Security, Charles Namoloh.
NamPol Regional Commander for Omaheke, Commissioner Josephat Abel told Nampa on Monday that the national initiative will soon be rolled out to the Omaheke Region.
He said the police are busy mobilising various stakeholders such as regional and local authority councillors, traditional leaders, and other community leaders to expand the scope of the operation once launched.
“We are hard at work planning the roll-out of Operation Omake to the Omaheke Region. We want to make sure all the relevant stakeholders are fully consulted on the roles once this national initiative comes to life here in the Omaheke Region,” said Abel.
Although no specific time frame has been set for the launch of the operation here, Abel noted that its launch in the cattle country is imminent.
“Once we finalise the pending logistics that would allow for a smooth operation once launched, I will be in a better position to give you a date,” he said.
The NamPol regional commander urged the public to continue being the ‘eyes and ears’ of the police on the ground, in order to allow the police to fully carry out its mandate of tackling crime in the region.
He warned against the sheltering of criminals from the police, noting that such acts are tantamount to the obstruction of the course of justice and those found to be guilty of such offence will be punished severely.
Operation Omake started in Windhoek in November last year, with the clearing of bushes often used as hide-out places by criminals.