Police committed to maintaining peace

18 November 2020 | Police

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



Despite various challenges at international and national level, the Namibian police remain committed to honouring their international obligations of maintaining peace and stability around the world.

This was said by Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga when welcoming back returning peacekeepers from South Sudan this week.

“We do this through the deployment of police officers to UN peacekeeping missions, to assist those communities that are affected by conflicts to rebuild their societies for sustainable peace and security,” said Ndeitunga.

He welcomed back eleven members of the police who served two years as part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.



Job well done

Ndeitunga said these officers served the people of South Sudan with a high level of professionalism, dedication, discipline and integrity. “You have been good ambassadors of your country in South Sudan, and your contribution to the continental aspirations of peace makes us proud.”

He said peacekeeping operations demand officers who are committed, physically and mentally fit and ready to face challenges in difficult circumstances.

“These [circumstances] may include health, threatening conditions such as malaria, allergies, stress, depression and now the outbreak of the coronavirus.”

He commended the officers for having been strong and persistent until the end of their mission, despite the challenges they faced.



Changed world

Ndeitunga said the situation in Namibia is no longer the same because of the pandemic.

“As a result, we as law enforcement are required to be on the frontline to oversee the enforcement of some regulations, just to mitigate the spread of the virus in our society.”

Ndeitunga added that his office and the entire management of the police stand ready to assist the returning officers psychologically and otherwise, to ensure that they are well prepared for resuming their national duties.

“Your redeployment afterwards will be well coordinated to ensure that the police benefit from the new skills and knowledge that you have acquired from the international exposure.”

He urged commanders to deploy these officers where their skills, knowledge and experience are optimally utilised.

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