By Hileni Nembwaya
POLICE officers stationed at Helao Nafidi, have lamented the deplorable state of their barracks saying that urgent intervention for their repair is needed.
The disgruntled officers described the conditions of their barracks as deplorable, unacceptable and unhygienic.
More than 50 police officers are accommodated in the former apartheid barracks, where sewage overflows into their shelters.
According to one of the police officers, who preferred not to be named the place had seen no major renovation works since its establishment during the colonial era.
“Our homes have now become hiding havens to rats and lizards. Sewage is overflowing all over the place. The buildings are dilapidated and falling apart. One can never be proud to bring in a visitor because of the sorry state of your house. We appeal to the Government to help us and build us new structures,” said one of the police officers.
Ohangwena regional Commander, Commissioner Tylves Kampolo acknowledged the deplorable condition of the police barracks saying that plans are underway to construct new staff accommodation at the town.
“It is true that the barracks are old and some are also falling apart and we are planning to construct new shelter for the officers. At the moment we are faced with budget constraints thus there is nothing we can do for our officers who are living in such conditions but as soon as we receive the budget, we will construct new buildings,” said Kampolo.
The Inspector General of the Namibian police, Sebastian Ndeitunga recently announced that members of the police have a right to decent working environment and accommodation.
He said that employers should ensure that their employees are well taken care of adding that many officers spend their hard earned cash to pay for rent as a result of lack of affordable accommodation.
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