Some foreign churches could destabilise peace: Ndeitunga

30 Oct 2013 15:30pm
RUNDU, 30 OCT (NAMPA) - Some establishments such as churches owned by foreign nationals have the potential to destabilise peace and security in Namibia, the Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said on Wednesday.
He made the statement during the opening of a five-day conference for senior police commanders at Rundu.
Ndeitunga said some churches owned by foreign nationals are conducting activities involving the issuance of legal documents such as marriage certificates, and this makes it easy for foreign nationals - including criminals - to acquire Namibian national documents.
The police boss thus expressed concern about this practice, saying some of the people who were granted national documents did not apply for such documents in good faith.
“I can say this practice has got the potential to destabilise peace and security in our country. Hence, it requires urgent intervention by our law-enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders to ensure that this national security threat is neutralised,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, Ndeitunga used the opportunity to inform the gathering that following the Fourth Delimitation Commission’s recommendations, which amongst others resulted in the split of the Kavango Region into Kavango East and Kavango West, he appointed the regional commander of the former Kavango Region, Commissioner Olavi Auanga, as the regional commander of the Kavango West Region.
Auanga is also the caretaker of the Kavango East Region, pending the identification and appointment of a commander for Kavango East.
The senior police command conference, which ends on Sunday, is being held to review progress made on the implementation of directives which were issued during the last conference held in Swakopmund in 2011.
The conference will furthermore deliberate on crime management issues in the country, as well as human resources’ management, with emphasis on discipline and the enhancement of information technology and the management of police resources.