Berseba hopes for police station

11 Aug 2019 12:00pm
BERSEBA, 11 AUG (NAMPA) – Community members at Berseba in the //Kharas Region say there is a need for a police station for the effective combating of crime.
Located 80 kilometres North West of Keetmanshoop, Berseba has no police station and police officers have to come from Tses, which is located 40 kilometres from the village.
According to the residents Nampa spoke to at the village, Tses Police Station is too small to cater for almost the whole Beseba Constituency, which has a population of over 1000 inhabitants.
A 35-years-old Christiana Swartz told this agency that due to the fact that officers have to travel from Tses, it takes them several hours and sometimes even days for them to attend to complaints.
“Even if the people are fighting here, the community members have to stop them and sometimes it is not safe. Sometimes when you call them (police officers) at the station they will ask you if someone is bleeding and if not they might come only the next day to attend to the matter,” she said.
Swartz added that often they are told there is no transport to attend to matters at the village.
The chairperson of the Berseba Village Council, Anna Katrina Haman said the council has proposed to Namibian Police Force (NamPol) to set up a satellite Police Station at the village adding that NamPol could use the old office of the council.
“They have given us a positive response that they will attend to our plea but till now we are waiting. Even the Ministry of Works and Transport has agreed for them (NamPol) to use the set building,” Haman said.
Approached for comment, the //Kharas NamPol Regional Commander, David Indongo said his ministry has not budgeted for a satellite station for the current financial year at the village even though there is a need for one.
In July, NamPol Inspector-General, Sebastian Ndeitunga, during a press conference revealed that plans are afoot to construct a police station at Noordoewer with holding cells in order to address the issue of inmates being transported to Karasburg, which he said is a waste of limited resources.