By Confidente Reporter
THE Namibian police has been cautioned by the Auditor-General against overspending after the police force used N$700 000 of its budget on pantyhose, T-shirts and baseball caps.
According to the report by Auditor-General, Junias Kandjeke, the police force requested for tender exemptions when it purchased these clothing items.
The audit report for the year ended March 2015 says Nampol requested and was granted tender exemptions to purchase pantyhose for N$195 500 but instead went on to spent N$254 150 on the stockings, baseball caps and T-shirts for N$900 000 but ended up spending N$1.3 million spending N$413 550 more on the items, they also got another exemption to purchase T-shirts worth N$460 000 but ended up spending N$700 000 instead.
Meanwhile, the report also reveals that within a year there were 617 motor vehicle accidents involving Nampol vehicles that cost Government nearly N$10 million.
“The accounting officer reported a total of 617 motor vehicle accidents during the financial year under review with estimated damages of N$9 857 957.36, whereby 149 were repaired at a total cost of N$1.5488 789.53 and 468 still to be repaired at an estimated cost of N$8 252 218.96.”
The report also notes that Nampol owns 42 head of cattle surprisingly worth N$1 260 only, 52 dogs valued at N$614 945, 17 horses worth N$42 590 and seven goats valued at N$3 500.
Within the period under review Nampol also spent almost N$2.4 million in bursaries and study assistance for its staff. The report however doesn’t reveal how many of its staff did it pay the money for.
Last year Confidente reported that Nampol would have to fork out over N$61 million in civil claim damages laid against the force during the 2014/2015 financial year. The claims emanated from 58 cases covering shootings, cases of assault, accidents and damages to property amongst others involving police officers.
Of these 58 cases, the highest of 28 was reported in the Khomas region at N$8 503 318, five each in the Erongo and Otjozondjupa regions at N$313 453 and N$600 470 respectively. The //Karas and Ohangwena regions each recorded four cases at N$236 351 and N$652 210 respectively.
Trailing closely behind is the Oshana and Criminal Investigation direction with three cases each worth N$284 200 while the Omaheke and Oshikoto regions recorded two cases each at N$306 000 and N$250 000 respectively.
The Zambezi, Hardap and Kavango East regions as well as the Human Resources Directorate and Very Important Person Protection Directorate (VIPPD) each recorded one case at a combined value of N$82 873.
On top of the 58 civil claims, another 1464 criminal cases were opened against members of the forces with the Erongo, Kavango East, Omaheke, Otjozondjupa and Kunene regions taking the lead.
According to the statistics, the police will also have to fork out over N$1,6 million as a result of damages to police vehicles in 311 separate incidents the same year.
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