Police should clean their own offices: Hanse-Himarwa

14 Jul 2016 10:40am
MARIENTAL, 14 JUL (NAMPA) - Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa on Wednesday told police officers to be prepared to clean their own offices when cleaners are unavailable.
Opening the new Hardap Police regional headquarters in Mariental, the minister argued that laxity of cleaners in the civil service contributed to the dilapidation of government buildings.
“You cannot just wash floors then roam the streets. That is not how some of us clean our homes.”
Hanse-Himarwa said that cleaning her own office was not beyond her and advised police officers to do the same.
“When necessary, I ask for a broom and a cloth and clean my office and furniture. It does not take anything away from me as a minister or from my character to do this because I refuse to sit in a dirty office.”
She said cleaning starts at the ceiling, followed by the furniture, then the floor.
“If necessary, the roof should be cleaned too.”
The Hardap police centre is the first newly-built regional office in the country.
The Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said new regional headquarters would be unveiled in Katima Mulilo next week followed by another in Omusati.
The Hardap headquarters were constructed at a cost of N.dollars 55 million over the last two years.
Ndeitunga said police officers and communities should appreciate efforts made by Government to improve conditions for the uniformed force.
“Those who specialise in criticism should go back to school and specialise in gratitude for the good things that are done,” he said.
He condemned police officers involved in criminal acts.
“Those who steal livestock are an embarrassment and should be shown the door. Officers must be honest and disciplined and fight crime, even at risk of their own lives.”
Ndeitunga said communities and police officers should nurture mutual respect and unite in curbing crime.
Police officers must be professional and impartial in their dealings and the public should not “step on the tail of a sleeping lion” by provoking their protectors.
“We should embrace the light that illuminates the hearts of our officers and communities in the pursuit of peace and harmony in our country.”
Hanse-Himarwa commended the Hardap police, who have a ratio of one police officer per 100 people, for their “valiant” efforts to contain crime.