12 Aug 2019 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 12 AUG (NAMPA) Namibian Police Force Inspector-General, Sebastian Ndeitunga said people who feared for their safety after Operation Kalahari Desert went on a break, can now sleep soundly as the operation is back.
Speaking here on Monday at the launch of phase two of the operation, Lieutenant-General Ndeitunga said there are people in the community who slept with weapons out of fear of being attacked by criminals.
I have seen a photo of someone sleeping with a knobkierie and machete. Sleep free, we are here now together with you, he said.
He said maintenance of law and order is an issue of national importance and it can be achieved through joint crime prevention efforts such as Operation Kalahari Desert, adding that it requires identifying hideouts, hot spots and houses of criminals, and the community should report them to the police.
I am pleased to address you today as we join hands to participate in a crime prevention effort in our quest to make Namibia a safer place to live in at all times, he said.
Ndeitunga further said the commission of criminal deeds is a major cause for concern for everyone, therefore crime prevention initiatives are important to create a sense of security and safety in communities which will undoubtedly impact positively on investment and socio-economic development in the society.
The police therefore cannot allow crime to escalate unavoidably, but fight it by all means. We need to foster and nurture the gains of independence at all times, the police chief said.
In the face of gender-based violence and other crimes of concern, Ndeitunga urged all Namibians to stand together to confront these and find means to minimise their commission.
I should emphasise that effective crime prevention can be achieved when leaders, communities and individual citizens join hands and efforts to ensure the safety and security of all people, he said.
He said phase one of Operation Kalahari Desert was a success as it recorded 1 996 arrests, 1 711 weapons were confiscated, N.dollars 683 072 worth of drugs confiscated, 284 livestock recovered and 4 454 summons issued.
Ndeitunga said most of the arrested people are still in custody.
He reiterated that the community should refrain from acts that are unlawful and obstructing the work of law enforcement agents and the officers should act according to the Constitution and be fair in executing their duties.
The second phase of Operation Kalahari Desert ends on 09 September.