NamPol feeling impact of budget cuts

09 Apr 2017 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 09 APR (NAMPA) – The economic downturn has made it difficult for the Namibian Police Force to address issued such as housing, office accommodation and the acquisition of goods and services, NamPol Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga has said.
Lieutenant-General Ndeitunga pointed this out on Friday at the Israel Patrick Iyambo College, where 52 officers were promoted to new ranks and transferred to new duty stations.
He said Namibia, like the rest of the world, has been hit by an economic downturn making it difficult for NamPol to take policing where it is most needed.
“It has made it difficult for us to continue with the pace at which we have been trying to address the housing and office accommodation for the members, as well as acquiring goods and services,” Ndeitunga said.
A lot of capital projects also cannot be completed because of the lack of funds.
The projects, among others, include the construction of the police regional headquarters in Kavango West, Khomas and Kunene regions as well as new police stations across the country.
Ndeitunga also touched on the procurement budget, which has been reduced drastically for the new financial year.
He said in the past, they had an allocation of N.dollars 110 million for fuel, but this has been reduced to N.dollars 20 million.
“This means that if we are not able to improvise, the Namibian Police vehicles may be parked soon,” said Ndeitunga.
The economic situation requires NamPol to come up with innovative and strict controlling measures regarding the movement of police vehicles such as movement limitation of administrative vehicles to only working hours and well-coordinated and cost effective investigations, he said.
The chief of police added that investigating sophisticated crimes such as money laundering, cyber-crime and poaching require huge technical and financial resources.
“We as law enforcers and the communities we are serving should combine our efforts to ensure that peace and stability is maintained,” he said.
The Ministry of Safety and Security received a total of N.dollars 5 021 327 000 from the National Budget for the new financial year.