Police officer and soldier arrested for police obstruction

10 Jun 2019 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 10 JUN (NAMPA) - A Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officer and a member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) were among five people arrested for obstructing the police from executing their duties during Operation Kalahari Desert in the Khomas Region.
This was announced by NamPol Khomas Regional Commander, Commissioner Joseph Shikongo during a media briefing here Monday to update the public on work done by Operation Kalahari Desert in the region between 06 and 09 June.
Shikongo said the police officer and soldier were arrested at separate places when they tried to prevent the police from closing shebeens in Katutura that were still open and serving alcohol beyond operational hours.
He said uniformed personnel who are supposed to know the law better but behave like civilians by preventing their colleagues from executing their duties, will not be spared from arrest as no one is above the law.
“We want Khomas to be crime free because this is the capital city and this is where the central government is, so we need to lead by example. We want our tourists to have confidence when they come in our country, we want investors to come and invest in our country without fear,” said Shikongo.
In a general update, he said there are 492 trial awaiting suspects in holding cells in Khomas and among those, four are police officers and three from the NDF. Included also are 47 foreign nationals charged for various crimes like illegal immigration, drug possession and fraud.
In light of the Katutura Police holding cells having been closed temporarily due to renovations, Shikongo reminded the public that inmates that were kept there have been transferred to other police holding cells within the region. He urged those who wish to visit their relatives to contact the police for assistance to locate their relatives.
“Please visit your relatives, we have suspects sitting in cells while they have been granted bail as low as N.dollars 300. Don’t give up on your relatives,” he said.
Shikongo noted that the police are trying to cut costs but can only do so if the number of inmates in the cells is reduced “as the police provide everything for them”.