Ndeitunga raises concern on high road accident figures

08 Dec 2016 19:40pm
OSHAKATI, 08 DEC (NAMPA) – Namibian Police (NamPol) Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said Very Important Persons Protection Unit (VIPPU) officers will finally be lodging together instead of renting in different places as was the case before.
Ndeitunga was speaking during the inauguration of an accommodation facility for members of the VIPPU here on Thursday.
“Housing members in one place makes it easier for them to provide a quick response to the call of their duties as opposed to having someone drive around town to pick them up individually,” the NamPol chief added.
A VIPPU office was opened in June this year.
The facilities were constructed by local companies between May 2015 and 25 November 2016 at a cost of about N.dollars 10 million.
It consist of two blocks of bedrooms for male and female officers, respectively - seven rooms for men and six rooms for women - an entertainment area; a boundary wall and shaded parking bays.
Ndeitunga reiterated that the facilities are meant to address the well-being of the members in order to allow them to provide effective and efficient service.
He urged members of the Oshana community to continue assisting the police in the combating of crime.
Meanwhile, the inspector-general expressed concern over the high number of deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents on roads.
Ndeitunga said such accidents occur as a result of ignorance and a lack of personal responsibility by drivers.
He strongly urged road users as well pedestrians to be vigilant at all times, especially during the approaching festive season.
According to the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, the number of road crashes recorded from 01 January to 20 November 2016 stood at 3 668, with 635 fatalities.