01 Nov 2016 07:00am
WINDHOEK, 01 NOV (NAMPA) - Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force, Sebastian Ndeitunga will contest Interpols presidency at the organisations general assembly next week.
Ndeitunga, who is the current Interpol vice-president for Africa, goes up against Chinas Vice-Minister of Public Security, Meng Hongweni, for the presidency of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol).
A media statement availed to Nampa by NamPol spokesperson, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi on Monday said the elections will take place during the 85th Interpol General Assembly to be held in Bali, Indonesia, from 07 to 10 November 2016.
A delegation from Namibia will depart for Bali soon, she said.
This is indeed good for Africa as a whole and for Namibia in particular to serve on the second largest political organisation after the United Nations in terms of international representation. As a nation, we stand behind our candidate and hope Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga will emerge victorious, said Shikwambi.
In September 2016, the Namibian Cabinet authorised the Ministry of Safety and Security to intensify Ndeitungas campaign to garner enough support for his bid to replace current Interpol President Mireille Ballestrazzi from France.
Interpol enables police in 190 member countries to work together to fight international crime by providing a range of policing expertise and capabilities through supporting three main crime programmes: counter-terrorism, cybercrime, and organised and emerging crime.
During Ndeitunga's tenure as the vice-president for Africa Interpol, a lot of milestones were achieved, including the inauguration of the Southern Africa Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (Sarpcco) Centre of Excellence in Zimbabwe, the launch of the West African Police Information System (Wapis) programme in Ghana and the establishment of the African Mechanism for Police Cooperation (Afripol).
Ndeitunga was born in 1962 in northern Namibia and has been at the helm of the police force for the past 11 years.