Anti-crime operation starts at Rundu

Operation Kalahari was officially launched at Rundu and the troops are rearing to go.

20 August 2019 | Police

The acting police commander for Kavango East, Commissioner Vilho Kalwenya, has issued a stern warning to community members who are in cahoots with criminals, saying there is no room for crime in the region.

Speaking to the media after the launch of the second phase of Operation Kalahari Desert at Rundu on Friday, Kalwenya said the days of those who aid and abet criminals are numbered, as they will be brought to book.

Kalwenya said community members who benefit from keeping quiet about crime make it difficult for the police to do their work.

“Some people cooperate with law enforcement as they do not like crime, but there are some people who are benefiting from crime.

“That is why you will see that they are against the police.

“Those are the anti-peace-loving Namibians who are working hand in hand with the criminals and they want to tarnish the image of the police so that we go down and that will not be tolerated by the police force. They must know that their days are numbered,” Kalwenya said.

Other challenges the police face at Rundu are the bushy areas, lack of streetlights and absence of video surveillance.

Kalwenya said Operation Kalahari Desert phase two will see 24-hour police patrols, especially in the informal settlements of Rundu.

Rundu has an estimated population of 90 000, many of them living in informal settlements which are known to be a hotbed of crime.

“We will do 24-hour police patrols in all locations, especially those which we know are hotspots for crime,” Kalwenya said.

On the lack of streetlights, Kalwenya said the police have engaged the various stakeholders to try and see how the situation can be addressed.

Kalwenya also called on business people who have businesses situated along the main roads to install closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) outside their shops, as it would help the police to fight crime more effectively.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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