THE Oshikoto Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Armas Shivute has called upon all Namibians to co-operate with the police in a collective effort to ensure that the holidays are enjoyable and incident-free.
In a telephonic interview with Informanté, Shivute indicated that it is Christmas time again and soon thereafter people shall usher in the New Year but they should ensure they keep safe.
According to him, both holidays are traditionally characterised by heavy traffic on all the highways with Namibians visiting holiday destinations and their rural villages and there are also increased numbers of people attending church functions, visiting entertainment points, shopping malls, and holiday resorts.
“We wish to inform the public that Nampol has made the necessary arrangements to provide public safety and security to all Namibians in the Oshikoto Region,” he said.
Shivute noted that as a force that cares, the police understand that all the people of the region, irrespective of race, class, gender all deserve to live in a secure and comfortable environment.
“Criminals are living with us, in our community, someone, somewhere somehow has seen them but decided to keep quiet. Only if we work together then the police can apprehend these criminals and sent them to jail,” added Shivute.
He urged all citizens not to take the law into their own hands and rather report all matters to the police.
“I am sure that if we commit ourselves as community members to report those criminals, we can win the war against crime,” stated Shivute.
He also appealed to the public not to board or travel in vehicles that are not roadworthy and defective to avoid inconvenience, injuries, and loss of lives.
“The New Year comes with new beginnings. This is the time to reach out to our colleagues and express our good wishes for the year ahead. Let this year bring about the achievement of goals and the realisation of dreams as well as health, peace, and prosperity for each of us,” he noted.
Lastly, Shivute noted that the Covid-19 pandemic is not even close to being over and most people remain susceptible. He said the virus still has a lot of room to move.
“We all want this to be over, we all want to get on with our lives, but the hard reality is that this is not even nearly over yet. Let us unite against the virus,” he said, adding that the aim is to arrest the virus not to arrest the people.