Ndeitunga fears tribalism on the increase

08 Nov 2018 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 08 NOV (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga has said he fears tribalism is increasing in the country and it will destroy the peace, harmony and stability enjoyed by Namibians.
Speaking at the police day parade in the capital on Wednesday, Ndeitunga said it has come to his attention that messages with racist and tribalist connotations are circulating on social media.
“This is a threat to public peace and security and it is creating disharmony among communities,” he said.
The NamPol inspector-general said a commission should be established to deal with racism, ethnicity and tribalism.
“We want people to be charged and sentenced, we are one nation and from a security point of view these things are threatening our country's security,” said Ndeitunga.
He further noted that the police will not stand idle and will continue to trace people who spread divisive messages on social media.
“We have the capability and capacity to trace these in individuals,” said the inspector-general.
He added that such individuals “mislead young people.”
“We want our children to grow up without tribalistic mentalities. When people fought for this country they fought to eliminate apartheid, racism, regionalism, tribalism and sexism. It should come to an end because is it threatening peace and stability,” Ndeitunga said.
The NamPol inspector-general also raised concern about parents neglecting their children, particularly minors.
He said recently, a child had gotten lost and was found at a dump site.
“We want to test some parents, charge them and take them to court,” said Ndeitunga.