Operation Omake launched in Oshana Region

08 Mar 2016 18:20pm
OSHAKATI, 08 MAR (NAMPA) - Operation Omake, a joint effort between the Namibian Police Force; Windhoek City Police and Namibian Defence Force (NDF), was Monday launched in the Oshana Region to combat crime.
Speaking at the launch, the region’s Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa said he hopes to see all relevant role-players cooperate to prevent and fight crime.
“In order to achieve this, we need to combine efforts and set up a multi-disciplinary sector steering committee that will spearhead and coordinate the activities of Operation Omake in our region.”
He however said Operation Omake should not be perceived as a duty for the police alone, but as an initiative by the Head of State for everyone to equally participate in in order to eliminate crime.
“I believe that everyone in our society can make a meaningful contribution to make our region a safe haven for all its inhabitants.”
He indicated that currently, 490 people are involved in the operation in Oshana, but this number is expected to increase as the operation welcomes community members and other volunteers.
Operation Omake was launched in November last year by the Minister of Safety and Security, Charles Namoloh, following the murder of a learner and her older sister in a Windhoek riverbed.
Omake is Oshiwambo/Otjiherero for ‘putting hands together’.
Some of the activities under Operation Omake include the clearing of riverbeds and open spaces; flattening of riverbeds where deemed fit; increased patrols by NamPol; enforcement of the Liquor Act; and stricter controlling of liquor outlets like shebeens.