NamPol's Ndeitunga loses battle for Interpol post

10 Nov 2016 09:50am
WINDHOEK, 10 NOV (NAMPA) - Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Sebastian Ndeitunga has lost the contest for the Interpol presidency on Thursday.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said in a media statement issued Thursday morning that China's Vice-Minister for Public Security Meng Hongwei won the election.
Shikwambi said Meng will take up his new role immediately after the 85th Interpol General Assembly which took place from 07 to 10 November 2016 in Bali, Indonesia.
Ndeitunga remains Interpol vice-president for Africa.
In September 2016, the Namibian Cabinet authorised the Ministry of Safety and Security to intensify Ndeitunga’s 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 Centre of Excellence in Zimbabwe, the launch of the West African Police Information System programme in Ghana and the establishment of the African Mechanism for Police Cooperation.
Ndeitunga has been at the helm of NamPol for the past 11 years.