NamPol serious about addressing gender inequality: Ndeitunga

12 Jul 2019 11:10am
KEETMANSHOOP, 12 JUL (NAMPA) – Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said NamPol will continue promoting more women in order to address gender imbalance in the force.
Ndeitunga made the remarks on Thursday at a press conference here during his visit to the //Kharas Region to officially introduce the newly appointed NamPol Regional Commander, David Indongo.
He said currently women constitute 32 per cent of the force, adding “this will continue to increase”.
Ndeitunga also announced that the vacant deputy commissioner position in the //Kharas Region must be filled by a woman.
“I am ready to appoint the rightful candidate for the position and am waiting for the relevant authority to present to me that woman that is to be promoted,” he said.
Ndeitunga criticised those who consider women to be less intelligent and in the process are denied placement in management and decision making positions.
“All those women who are promoted are competent and are hardworking, that attitude of seeing women as less intelligent is not right, how can your own mother be less intelligent,” questioned Ndeitunga.
He further warned officers who go absent without leave (AWOL), saying he has received complaints especially from Noordoewer about officers that disappear from work during working hours.
“I have a big concern about AWOL in this region especially Noordoewer, officers disappear from work and are nowhere to be found, especially on the 20th of the month (payday),” he stressed.
The NamPol chief urged those in senior positions to do what they are paid for “as they are not put in those positions to decorate but to render services to the force and to the public”.
“You must account for the salary you get, this is the year of accountability, in fact why must you get a salary if you are not doing your job which is to control, serve and command,” he cited.
Ndeitunga called on the police force in the region to collaborate with other safety and security agencies, noting they all have the sole objective which is to protect the nation and must coordinate the limited government resources available to serve the nation.
“All those agencies under the Ministry of Safety and Security, we must work closely to serve our community effectively as we have to render services to the public,” he said.
Indongo took over from Rudolf Isaak, who retired in April this year.