Operation Kalahari kicks off

15 May 2019 | Police

The Namibian police chief Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, on Monday launched a new crime prevention operation under the banner 'Operation Kalahari Desert' for all 14 regions.

It comes just a few days after the conclusion of Operation Hornkranz, which was hailed a success, and is composed of members from the police, army, correctional service officers and the City Police.

The Windhoek team will have over 200 members and the operation will continue throughout the year.

Speaking at the launch in the capital, Ndeitunga urged the officers to be professional when conducting the operation.

“You have to be smart. The way you walk and the way you talk should show that you are an authority. I don't want this movement like someone who came from a drunkard place,” he told the parade.

He added that many Namibians want the operation to run throughout the year, except for only a few who do not want law and order and are complaining.

Ndeitunga explained that a lot of effort is put into these operations, be it physical, financial and intellectual, and they should reap positive results.

Further, Ndeitunga revealed the NDF has made 14 vehicles available to supplement the operation.

“If it gets worse, we will call the Special Field Force. They don't negotiate, unfortunately. If they come, you should just pretend to be sick. Therefore, we ask for the cooperation of everybody in this country to assist in dealing with the wave of crime that is troubling our country,” Ndeitunga told the audience.

“The criminals must know that this has started and will never end,” he warned.

He could however not say how much in monetary terms the operations will cost, but stressed that these are very expensive operations.

At the back of a series of complaints of community members being victims of police brutality, Ndeitunga said investigations into such cases were ongoing.

“As law enforcement agencies, we should do our job with professionalism, courtesy, friendliness and politeness. As for those who do not want to comply with the law, they should be dealt with decisively,” he said.

NAMPA

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