Operation Kalahari Desert: officers should act only on instructions
WINDHOEK – Namibian Police Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga has called on all law enforcement agencies involved in Operation Kalahari Desert to obey the instructions of their commanders and strictly adhere to the rules of commitment established.
Ndeitunga said police should play a leading role during operations, unless otherwise specified by operations commanders. He said no officer is allowed to use a firearm without being commanded by his commanding officer. The police chief also said that no member should apply force against anyone during operations and except when minimal force needs to be applied, especially when arresting resistant suspects, otherwise measures should be taken against the culprits.
Ndeitunga also announced that operations will continue and that members of the Namibian Defense Forces (NDF) will remain assigned to operations across the country until his objectives are met.
Ndeitunga made the remarks during a parade on the joint police operation in the Kalahari Desert yesterday at the Patrick Iyambo Police College.
His remarks follow a Zimbabwean taxi driver, Talent Fambaune, 22, who was allegedly shot dead by an NDF member with an AK47 rifle when he turned away in front of a mini-block they were in in Greenwell Matongo in the wee hours of last week. Thusday. It is alleged that a bullet hit the trunk of the vehicle and penetrated until it hit Fambaune in the head, killing him instantly. He was alone in the vehicle.
“On a sad note, allow me to express our sincere condolences to the bereaved family of the late Fambaune, 22, the victim of a tragic incident that occurred on the morning of June 13, 2019 in the suburb of Greenwell Matongo in Windhoek. May his soul rest in peace “, declared Ndeitunga who added that the men and women in uniform did not intend to commit suicide. Ndeitunga declared that they will ensure in their power that this incident does not take place. don’t repeat.
In addition, Ndeitunga said that those who criticize the Kalahari Desert operation are mainly those who don’t want law and order, they want lawlessness and chaos in society. “We will not allow them to pursue what they want to accomplish. Most of those with gadgets, cell phones, try to discredit the operation. We regret the lost life but we will not be discouraged to continue the operation until we achieve our goals. Our goal is to ensure that we create an environment conducive to safety and security for our citizens, ”he said.
“We have unpatriotic citizens in the sense that they do not support the project which protects the majority of our country. They are detractors and we will not dance to their rhythm. We know our operations may not be perfect, but we will continue to shape them. Nothing is perfect and where we have challenges, we will continue to correct any mistakes we may have made, ”he said.
Ndeitunga said the operations have a substantial positive impact on the crime rate compared to the statistics before the launch of these operations. Among others, Ndeitunga said that 871 suspects had been arrested for serious and less serious offenses ranging from murder, attempted murder, rape, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, drug trafficking, products of protected wildlife, burglary and theft. He also said that 965 dangerous weapons such as knives, screwdrivers, machetes and spears were confiscated.
Operation members also confiscated two hunting rifles and 32 pistols.
“These guns, if they had not been seized, could have been used to kill innocent people and steal their property from people and businesses,” he noted.