One riverbed cleared under Omake in //Kharas

30 May 2016 17:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 30 MAY (NAMPA) – Operation Omake is rolling out slowly in the //Kharas Region with only one riverbed cleared so far.
This crime-prone area was de-bushed in Keetmanshoop at the launch of the operation in early March this year.
On Saturday, the programme rolled out to Koës and managed to draw a small crowd of the village community, according to people who attended.
The event was held without the usual de-bushing activities, which is planned for 10 June.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Acting Regional Commander, Deputy Commissioner David Indongo told Nampa on Monday that three crime-prone areas for clearing were identified at Koës.
He maintained that Omake is a worthwhile operation that included other crime prevention activities such as the implementation of the Liquor Act.
“We have an ongoing operation where we monitor shebeens and liquor outlets to make sure they comply with the law,” he said.
Omake was launched by Minister of Safety and Security Major-General Charles Namoloh in Windhoek last November. The operation was a directive by President Hage Geingob who visited the Khomasdal riverbed where two sisters were brutally murdered in October.
Indongo said the initiative also raised awareness among communities to refrain from using crime hot spots when commuting.
“Everybody’s eyes are open and the people are thanking us for clearing that riverbed in Keetmanshoop. Since the de-bushing, we have not recorded one single crime activity in that previously crime-prone area,” he said.
Plans were underway to clear two other spots in the southern capital in the near future.
“Operation Omake will be implemented in all 14 police station areas in the regions and we believe it will be a success,” said Indongo.
He also said that since Omake’s launch, weekend police patrols are more visible and sting operations increased.
Keetmanshoop Rural Councillor Elias !Kharuxab said at Koës on Saturday that risk factors for crime should be tackled too.
“We expect local authority support from Government to install rural electrification and streetlights and we expect the police to conduct regular street patrols and mobile roadblocks,” he said in a speech availed to Nampa.
!Kharuxab urged communities to continue reporting violent crimes and illegal drug trade, and to refrain from buying stolen goods.