19 Dec 2018 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 19 DEC (NAMPA) Head of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga on Tuesday urged eight members of the force who arrived from Darfur, Sudan to ensure that the skills they acquired are not wasted.
The officers, who arrived on Monday, are part of a contingent of 45 officers deployed to Darfur in December last year to serve in the United Nations African Mission In Darfur (UNAMID) for a period of 12 months.
In a speech delivered on his behalf, Ndeitunga noted that the redeployment of the officers will be well coordinated to ensure that the international skills and knowledge they acquired are not wasted.
According to Ndeitunga, the conditions in peacekeeping missions are often of a complex nature and very often demand officers that are committed, physically and mentally healthy and ready to face the challenges in those environments.
I am aware of the many challenges that you faced during your tour of duty in the Darfur region, he said, mentioning issues such as physical attacks, hijackings, kidnapping and lack of food in some mission areas.
Explaining some of the skills referred to, NamPol Deputy Inspector-General for Operations, Oscar Peter Embubulu told this agency that on international missions, officers learn conflict resolution as well as dealing with very tense and difficult situations which can be applied locally to maintain peace and order in the country.
One of the returning officers, Erich Ipumbu, told Nampa that although the conditions were tough, they did the country proud by doing what was expected of them successfully.
I can proudly attest to that the situation in Darfur is stable and under control, said Ipumbu.