19 Jun 2016 10:40am
OTAVI, 19 JUN (NAMPA) - Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Saturday launched Operation Omake at Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Pohamba said in his official statement that all Namibians must hold hands and fight against crime in the country.
Operation Omake is an initiative of President Hage Geingob aimed at clearing bushes and other hideouts of criminals so that Namibians travelling on foot can be safer.
Operation Omake was launched in November 2015 on the instruction of Geingob after the murder of two sisters in a Khomasdal neighbourhood riverbed.
Pohamba explained that all bushes near residential areas have become havens of criminals where they hide and wait to attack, rape or rob people who pass there on foot.
This Omake Operation is also aimed at campaigning against road accidents on our national roads, alcohol and drug abuse as well as the illegal possession of firearms, he said.
The former president said Namibian people continue to lose productive and innocent lives every day through violent acts and motor vehicle accidents, of which some are as a result of negligent and reckless driving.
Pohamba then urged residents of Otavi to see to it that they fight all sorts of crimes in their residential areas and report perpetrators to any nearest police station in order to make Namibia a safer place to live in.
He said it is the responsibility of all Namibians to do their part through Operation Omake and ensure that criminals do not have a place to hide in their communities.
Let us take this campaign beyond the bush clearance and recommit ourselves to fighting crimes from all angles, said Pohamba, adding that Namibian adults must make it a priority to discourage young people from engaging in criminal activities.
Shortly after Pohambas statement, a huge crowd of people consisting of defence and police force members, and regional and local authority councillors from Otavi and Grootfontein started to clear the crime hot spots.
Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Otto Ipinge also participated in the clearing exercise.