Operation Kalahari Desert has nothing to do with elections: Shikongo

02 Jun 2019 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 02 JUNE (NAMPA) - Operation Kalahari Desert has nothing to do with the elections, even though that is what most people think, Khomas Commander of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Commissioner Joseph Shikongo, has said.

Shikongo made the remarks while addressing members of NamPol, Namibia Defence Force, Namibia Correctional Services and City Police respectively at the Wanahenda Police Station on Saturday, before their routine patrol as part of Operation Kalahari Desert.

He said the recent reports of brutality in the media and social media have marred the recently ended Operation Hornkranz and now Operation Kalahari Desert.

The commissioner stressed that they are rendering their services to everyone irrespective of their political party or religion in an effort to reduce crime.

“As we speak some of our members are assisting one of our political parties which is RDP, who have a congress at Ramatex. Last night, I was called to render our assistance to RDP who had a meeting at Greiter's Conference Centre and we sent officers there because I understand there was chaos there,” said Shikongo.

He applauded the members of the operation for a job well done and encouraged them to observe the human rights of the public when engaging them at all times.

He further noted they are not only visible in crime prone areas but are also assisting members of the business community and the nation at large.

“Our people are assisting the business community as well in the CBD (central business district). Since our presence at Food Lover’s Market, the situation there has been brought under control,” Shikongo said, referring to an incident where police officers were called in to subdue a crowd of close to 100 people who had flocked to the opening of a Food Lover’s Market outlet in Wernhil Park in the capital on Saturday.