By Confidente Reporter
THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is investigating the Namibian police’s head of Human Resources Commissioner Abed Kashihakumwa for neglect of duty after one of his in-laws, who had been discharged from the force as a result of his criminal record a few years ago, was last year allegedly recruited back into the force
Confidente has managed to establish that two other senior police officers working in Nampol’s human resources department have since been arrested for the offence. The two have only been identified as Chief Inspector Tweumuna and Inspector Angula.
ACC Chief Executive Officer, Paulus Noa and Nampol’s head of the Internal Investigation Department (IID), Commissioner Christoph Nakanyala confirmed the investigation. According to Commissioner Nakanyala, Kashihakumwa although he has not been arrested yet, he is being charged for negligence with the investigations being spearheaded by the ACC. “He was charged with negligent of duty and the ACC is still investigating the case (sic). Two other people have since been arrested on October 9 2015. Chief Inspector Tweumuna and Inspector Angula were both arrested for corruption stemming from the alleged irregular recruitment of a certain Ashipala who is said to be related to Kashihakumwa’s wife,” he said. Nakanyala added that Ashipala is a former police officer who had been discharged from the force when he was still a cadet constable after it was established he had a criminal record.
“All of a sudden Ashipala had managed to make his way back into the force. He was allegedly not the best candidate for the post since and is alleged to also be a family member to the wife of one of the police officers in the matter.” Nakanyala added that the other two police officers involved in the matter are currently on N$5 000 bail each.
Kashihakumwa, Tuesday said he wasn’t aware of the ACC investigation.
According to Nampol’s annual report for 2014/15 financial year, 1 464 criminal cases were opened against police officers.
The crimes police officers face range from minor cases such as negligent driving to more serious ones such as assault, unreasonable use of firearms on unarmed civilians or assault.
The list is topped by Khomas region with 635 cases, followed by Otjozondjupa with 112 while Oshana is on the third spot with 110 cases.
According to the police crime statistics, the figure represents a decrease of 611 cases as compared to 2075 cases reported in the 2013/14 financial year.
It seems like insubordination is also increasing in the force as the report shows that 40 members were suspended for misconduct compared to 22 members that were suspended in the previous financial year.
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