Members of public have a responsibility to protect their leaders: Ndeitunga

30 Nov 2017 20:40pm
WINDHOEK, 30 NOV (NAMPA) - Namibian Police Force Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga has called on all Namibians to assist in ensuring the protection and security of both local and foreign Very, Very Important Persons (VVIPs) and VIPs.
The categories of VVIP and VIPs using motorcades in the Namibian context include the head of state, vice-president, prime minister, former heads of state and foreign eminent persons who have immunity of not stopping at intersections and traffic signs.
“All residents of Namibia should be proud to protect their leaders and not let this be the responsibility of the police alone,” Ndeitunga said.
He was speaking at a media briefing during which he explained the importance of the public to respect rules and regulations during an event of a state motorcade.
The inspector-general was responding to complaints made by the public regarding the “inconvenience” caused by state motorcades and the public’s refusal to cooperate with police officials on public roads.
“We have on numerous occasions received complaints about members of the public refusing to get off the public road in cases during which VVIPs or VIPs are using the road,” said Ndeitunga.
He noted that members of the public who refuse to adhere to the rules may, as per Namibian law, be arrested, prosecuted and fined.
Ndeitunga also responded to criticism of State motorcades’ not complying to the speed limit.
“The speed limit for the state motorcade is well decided before the trip to ensure that there is no delay for traffic on the roads.”
He did not dispute the complaints, adding that anyone have the right to complain about anything they do not feel comfortable with, and also apologised for any inconvenience that this situation may cause.
Additionally, the police chief issued a stern warning to officials who abuse power by faking emergencies in order to avoid adhering to the traffic rules.