Operation Kalahari members not certified to assault anyone: Shikongo

05 Jun 2019 20:40pm
WINDHOEK, 05 JUN (NAMPA) – Namibian Police Force Khomas Regional Commander Joseph Shikongo on Wednesday said it is not the objective of Operation Kalahari Desert to suppress or intimidate members of the public.
This is in response to alleged reports of assault by uniformed members of the operation against members of the public.
The reported aim of the joint operation between members of the Namibian Police Force, Namibian Defence Force, Namibian Correctional Service and Windhoek City Police is to flush out criminals more intensively and to make Namibia safer.
Shikongo said the management of the operations and the Namibian Government do not condone these actions.
“Whoever is assaulting people, brutalising people and suppressing people is not allowed to do that. We don’t just start arresting people and beating them, that is against the law of the republic, it is against the law of the land, it is against the relevant legislation regulating the conduct of our men and women,” he stressed.
He also added that the operation members face challenges, but despite these challenges they are not certified to respond with force.
“We are facing numerous challenges on a daily basis. Our members are insulted and sometimes physically attacked by members of the public,” Shikongo noted.
The commander urged members of the public to change their mindset towards the operation as it is meant to ensure their safety and security.
“Our operation is targeting the criminals. The operation is to ensure the safety and security of our people and to ensure the safety and protection of their property,” he said.
He added that members of the operation who take their own action as well as members of the public who attack the officers either physically or through threats or verbally will be dealt with “without mercy”.