22 Mar 2016 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 22 MAR (NAMPA) Namibia needs strong human capacity to tackle cybercrime, international terrorism and drug trafficking, Vice-President Nickey Iyambo says.
He made the statement during a meeting with International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) Secretary-General Dr Jürgen Stock in the capital on Tuesday.
Iyambo said Stock's visit to Namibia is taking place at an ideal time when the Namibia Police Force (NamPol) have requested, through the international police organisation, to strengthen its human capacity in the area of cybercrime, international terrorism and drug trafficking.
These things are taking much of our time. As a young country that needs assistance to build our manpower we are only 26 years old - there is still time for us to develop, and we need the support from our international community as we received it during liberation struggle, he said.
Iyambo noted that Namibia needs to strength the internal peace in the country, and the fight against cybercrime is a serious issue for a young country like Namibia.
He indicated that some people have sophisticated technology which they (Namibian government) have not mastered yet, thus relying on NamPol Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, who is also the vice-president for Africa on Interpol, to get more advice and appropriate action to be taken.
Ndeitunga was also in attendance during the meeting.
There is perhaps no cause for concern for Namibia to be attacked as far as international terrorism is concerned, but it seems that we have relationships with other organisations, other governments and nationals here serving their countries as ambassadors and high commissioners; we are conscious that these people could be made a target, Iyambo noted.
The vice-president cited Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta who said during Namibias 26th Independence Anniversary on Monday, that innocent tourists come to Africa to enjoy the sun but find themselves targets of terrorists whose objectives are difficult to understand.
If you hear the barbaric methods they use - chopping off feet and heads of people; is it to terrify people, and is there a real significant objective that they are driving at? questioned Iyambo.
He said some countries like Namibia have freedom of speech and freedom of religion with a number of churches operating within the parameters.
Iyambo said if these organisations and individuals are not adhering to the law and regulations of the country, law enforcement agencies will intervene to protect the country, its citizens and visitors.
On his part, Stock expressed gratitude to be part of the country's 26th independence celebrations on Monday.
Being part of the celebration was a touching moment for me, he said without explaining.
Stock added that he took time to meet business representatives from the Namibian business community with the reason to build strong relationships on tacking cybercrime and drug trafficking.
Stock also paid courtesy calls on Safety and Security Minister Charles Namoloh; and Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta.
He left the country on Tuesday afternoon after a three-day visit.