President’s visits to uniformed forces end in Omaruru

25 Mar 2016 12:50pm
OMARURU, 25 MAR (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob on Thursday ended his national visits to members of uniformed forces at the Lucius Sumbwanyambe Mahoto Correctional Service Training College in Omaruru.
The President said he was impressed by the high level of professionalism displayed by the men and women in uniform.
Geingob said offenders should be rehabilitated and educated so they can return to society where they are able to be employed and live a normal life.
“I have learned that there is a need for new correctional service facilities and staff accommodation across the country. Government is ready to attend to this. Just be patient, the good news will come soon,” said the President.
He was updated about the activities of the correctional services as well as the successes and challenges it faces.
Geingob also viewed some of the metal work done by inmates as part of the training.
The items include steel chairs and tables, trailers for vehicle and burglar bars.
The rehabilitation process, which starts from the day the offender is brought into the prison until when they are released, was also explained to the President.
Highlighting the shortfalls, Commissioner General of the Namibian Correctional Service, Raphael Tuhafeni Hamunyela said there is a staff shortage of 5 768 people and the current facilities are dilapidated.
Another challenge is the limited farming land to produce more food for the inmates and the country.
Hamunyela said the institution could be used for livestock farming or land cultivation.
Geingob responded that land will be availed when it is available because food production is crucial to Namibia.
“The production of food by your members should be your way of contributing towards the Food Bank. This initiative requires everyone to contribute food to be stored and be given to those who need it, in order to eradicate hunger,” he said.
Hamunyela also used the opportunity to praise the President and First Lady Monica Geingos for visiting his office and inviting him to State House for an official meeting.
“I have no words to thank you… Since you started, things which were not done before started happening, you have a way of making things happen. We are grateful for that,” he said.
Geingob's first visit as Commander-in-Chief of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) was to the military headquarters in Grootfontein on 01 March this year.