By Confidente Reporter
NAMPOL Inspector General, Sebastian Ndeitunga, has confirmed that he has instituted a commission of enquiry into the police’s Head of Internal Investigations, Christoph Nakanyala, who has officially changed his age from 59 to 53, in an apparent bid to avoid retirement.
Ndeitunga confirmed last week that the enquiry has been set up at Nakanyala’s behest.
Nakanyala had his date of birth changed at home affairs recently, as he allegedly hopes to be appointed Ndeitunga’s successor.
The ministry approved Nakanyala’s request after initially rejecting previous applications, which date back to 2012.
“Yes, we are investigating, because Nakanyala himself wrote a letter requesting that I investigate,” Ndeitunga said, when approached for comment.
An evasive Nakanyala declined to entertain questions by Confidente this week.
“Who gave you that information? Those sources must confirm (the enquiry),” he said.
According to a previous media report, Nakanyala was due to retire in March next year, before he officially changed his birth year from 1958 to 1964 at the home affairs ministry.
He celebrated his 59th birthday on 4 March, according to his old identity document.
It is alleged that he is desperately trying to avoid retirement, because of his ambition to become the country’s next inspector general.
He joined the police force in 1990, shortly after independence.
It was also reported that Nakanyala had told the home affairs ministry committee, which had dealt with is application, that he had lied about his age, in order to enlist as a People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (Plan) combatant, after he went into exile as an 11-year-old boy. He pretended to be 18 years old at the time.
Nakanyala also admitted in the media report that he sought the help of the home affairs permanent secretary, Patrick Nandago, in order to intervene in the matter.
“A lot of people [veterans] used to lie about their ages in order to qualify for the Plan training. My older brother [Andreas Nakanyala], who was born in 1960, can confirm my story,” he was quoted as saying.
Asked why he only changed his age 22 years after independence, Nakanyala reportedly said he thought it best to remain with his “exile age”, until recently.
Nakanyala’s move is said to have infuriated junior police officers, who have accused him of clinging to his post, when he should be making way for younger officers to take over.
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