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Phase two of Kalahari Desert to kickoff next week

Phase two of Kalahari Desert to kickoff next week

Zorena Jantze

PHASE two of the crime fighting strategy, Operation Kalahari Desert, will commence next week Monday, 12 August.

This was announced by the spokesperson of the Namibian Police (NamPol), deputy commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi. 

Speaking at a press conference today, Kanguatjivi noted that Operation Kalahari Desert (Phase 1) registered magnificent successes in combating crime and that the public at large are appreciative of the positive impact the joint law enforcement forces have made towards the provision of safety and security.

Caption: FIGHT AGAINST CRIME:  Namibian Police spokesperson, deputy commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi . photo: Zorena Jantze

As a result, he said, there are calls from the public that such joint operations with the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) continue.

Highlighting some of these successes, Kanguatjivi said that in serious crime arrests, which include, murder, attempted murder, rape, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, dealing in drugs, possession of wild animal products, housebreaking and theft cases, a total 762 suspects were arrested. 

In contrast, for minor offences, the Namibian police arrested 1,234, bringing the total arrests to 1,996 since the commencement of Operation Kalahari Desert on 11 May 2019. 

Kanguatjivi detailed that following the end of Phase 1 of Operation Kalahari Desert on 30 June 2019, there was a recess, but that phase 2 will kick off next week.

He further stated that prior to the resumption of the operation next week Monday, all the members who will be partaking in the Operation Kalahari Desert Phase 2 will undergo a three days intensive induction, particularly on conduct during the execution of duties.  

Kanguatjivi also argued that a few incidences of alleged unprofessional conducts made against law enforcement operatives, including cases of other alleged misconducts by law enforcement officers on the operation, were investigated and it was found that many of them were either unfounded or fabricated. 

“With the resumption of Phase 2 of Operation Kalahari Desert, we request the public to desist from any acts of lawlessness, undermining of authority, obstructing officers in the execution of their duties, lack of cooperation, unruly and any other unbecoming behaviour. As such, bad behaviour will not be tolerated at all. The Namibian Police therefore urges communities nationwide to cooperate with the law enforcement officers during such operations,” Kanguatjivi concluded.

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