04 Nov 2013 16:20pm
KAHENGE, 04 NOV (NAMPA) New police barracks as well as a fuel tank and pump were officially inaugurated by Safety and Security Minister Immanuel Ngatjizeko at the Kahenge District Police Station on Monday.
The police station is situated some 120 kilometres (km) west of Rundu in the Kavango West Region.
The police barracks will house 16 officers, and come as a relief for Namibian Police Force (NamPol) members who were previously forced to live in temporary structures, often made of corrugated iron-sheets.
The installation of the new 30 000-litre fuel tank and pump were a welcome development too.
Since the establishment of the Kahenge police station in 1992, fuel had to be transported in drums from Rundu, which sometimes resulted in accidents, and was also a cumbersome exercise.
The new additions to the police station were constructed at a cost of over N.dollars 7 million.
Ngatjizeko stated in his official opening remarks that the construction of the facilities is a clear indication of governments commitment in ensuring that uniformed men and women are taken care of.
The Safety and Security Minister noted that the availability of the facilities means police officers will improve on service delivery to the community of Kahenge and surrounding areas.
These facilities come at an opportune time when law-enforcement (officers) should apply stringent measures due to various criminal activities that are befalling our communities, he added.
Ngatjizeko thus called on community members to work with the law- enforcement agencies to ensure a safe environment for all, and encouraged them to report any criminal activities taking place in their areas as soon as possible as doing so would allow officers to take swift action.
The minister then appealed to the community and police officers stationed at Kahenge to protect the facilities and to guard them from vandalism and destruction, saying these facilities should be preserved for future generations.
NamPol Deputy Inspector-General, Major-General James Tjivikua said in his remarks at the event that the Force has many members in its lower echelons who are suffering due to a lack of accommodation, and high rental fees for those who find places to stay in.
The new facilities would thus help the officers to deliver effective and efficient services, and greatly contribute to better living standards for the members.
Tjivikua thus called on the police officers who will stay in the new facilities to work harder now that they have been provided with decent housing facilities.