30 Jun 2016 07:30am
OSHAKATI, 30 JUN (NAMPA) The Namibian and Angolan police forces on Wednesday gathered for a joint regional/provincial technical sub-committee meeting at Oshakati in an effort to combat crime together.
Angolan provincial commanders led by Commissioner Antonio de Jesus Miranda Guedes, Namibian regional commanders and other relevant stakeholders met for the first time in Namibia to discuss matters of common security interest.
In his opening remarks at the official opening of the two-day meeting, Inspector General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Sebastian Ndeitunga noted that the aim for the meeting is to, among others deliberate on issues relating to bilateral cooperation, cross-border crime and the sharing of information on criminal activities between the two countries.
According to the leader of the NamPol regional commanders, the relevant cross-border crimes that affect both countries include and go beyond stock theft; smuggling of contraband items, motor vehicle theft; armed robbery and human trafficking.
During these deliberations, we are expected to discuss in detail matters relating to customs and excise; immigration; environmental issues; unlawful movement of firearms across the borders; human trafficking as well as the latter mentioned issues.
He also emphasised that cross-border operations need to be intensified and said he has no doubt that concrete solutions to these pertinent issues will be discovered during the gathering.
Ndeitunga also expressed his appreciation for the efforts already made by the two forces in their joint operations along the common borders, which resulted in prominent achievements but were still hampered by a few challenges.
I have noticed that even though these activities were carried out successfully, they were also met by various challenges, such as the scarcity of resources, unfenced borders, ungazzeted points of entries, communication barriers and the global economic recession.
He urged everyone to fruitfully participate in the discussions in an open and constructive manner to formulate concrete solutions to issues affecting the two countries in the spirit of Harambee.
The meeting is expected to end on Thursday.