04 Nov 2013 18:20pm
KAHENGE, 04 NOV (NAMPA) - Safety and Security Minister Immanuel Ngatjizeko has called on local communities to participate fully in policing programmes aimed at providing safety and security in their communities and around the country.
Speaking during the inauguration of new police barracks and a fuel tank and pump at Kahenge Police Station 120 kilometres west of Rundu on Monday, Ngatjizeko said it is incumbent upon community members to play their role in the maintenance of peace and stability.
Ngatjizeko said some initiatives which communities can get involved in include Neighbourhood Watch groups and the Youth against Crime initiative, and they could also become police reservists.
Together you can establish appropriate platforms, particularly in community policing, so as to preserve peace and tranquillity in your respective communities, the minister said.
He explained that these initiatives assist in protecting lives and properties through cooperation between the community and the police.
The minister went on to say criminals come from within households, and there is a need to seek out these criminals and increase cooperation with the Namibian Police Force (NamPol).
He called on the Kahenge community to not harbour criminals even if they are related, and to instead encourage them to refrain from criminal activity and become law abiding citizens.
Ngatjizeko also spoke about the impact of drug abuse and drug trafficking which remains a serious concern to Namibia as it could mean an increase in violent crime.
According to the minister, a lucrative market for all kinds of illicit drugs exists in Namibia. He said although the country is not a drug-producing country, all drugs are smuggled from abroad and Namibia is used as a transit route and ultimately becomes as a consumer country of illegal drugs.
The minister called on all NamPol members to continue combating drug use by carrying out educational campaigns on the effect of illicit drugs, and by ensuring that drugs are confiscated and perpetrators arrested.
The police barracks will house 16 officers, and come as a relief for NamPol members who were previously forced to live in temporary structures, often made of corrugated iron-sheets.
The installation of the new 30 000-litre fuel tank and pump were a welcome development too.
Since the establishment of the Kahenge police station in 1992, fuel had to be transported in drums from Rundu, which sometimes resulted in accidents, and was also a cumbersome exercise.
The new additions to the police station were constructed at a cost of over N.dollars 7 million.