By Eliaser Ndeyanale
RULING party politicians in the National Assembly say that they fear for their safety at home, as their VIP protectors are stationed in security booths outside the walls of the residences.
According to the politicians, this means that the VIP protection officers are often not patrolling inside their residential boundary walls, making them vulnerable to attack and home invasions by criminals.
This was revealed recently during a Ministry of Safety and Security debate in the National Assembly.
“Police officers are always outside the residence; sometimes you don’t even know if they are there or not. They don’t know what is happening inside. We want their duty list and their contact numbers,” said Deputy Justice Minister, Lidwina Shapwa.
Deputy Safety and Security Minister, Daniel Kashikola, who responded to the questions, said some VIPs don’t want police officers inside their residences, and also don’t want their houses to be patrolled.
Rally for Democracy and Progress MP, Mike Kavekotora, suggested that the police should remunerated better.
“It’s time we put resources where it matters most. Safety and security must come first, before we talk about industrialisation,” he said.
Kavekotora also asked why backbenchers’ houses are not guarded by security personnel.
Safety and Security Minister, Charles Namoloh, responded that it is not his ministry that determines who is a VIP and who must be protected.
“The benefits are determined by the president, on the recommendation of the Public Office-Bearers Remuneration and Benefits Commission (POBC).”
On the involvement of police officers in criminalities, Namoloh said, “We have trained them, but we cannot change them.”
Sport, Youth and National Service Minister, Jerry Ekandjo, said that police officers should be on high alert, especially at national events, because “anything can happen”.
“You find police officers closing their eyes, when people are praying or who on attention when the national anthem is being sung. When police officers are deployed for duty, they must do no saluting or praying, they must keep on checking. Those that are on duty must look, because anything can happen,” said Ekandjo.
Namibian Police Inspector-General, Sebastian Ndeitunga, was not available for comment at the time of going to print.
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