THE retirement of two of Namibia’s most senior police officers at the end of April saw the change of command at the Regional Police Headquarters in the Khomas and //Karas regions.
In an official communiqué the Namibian Police said it is bidding farewell Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa of the Khomas Region and Commissioner Rudolf Julius Isaak of the //Karas Region.
Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidibwa served in the Namibian Police for 29 years. He held various commanding positions and has commanded a lot of important operations.
He played a significant role in the formation of the Special Field Force (SFF) Directorate and thus was one of the founders of the Special Field Force until he was transferred to the Regular Police/Blue Uniform.
Commissioner Rudolf Julius Isaak joined the then South African Police in 1980 in Keetmanshoop. After Namibia’s independence he served the Namibian Police in various capacities such as Unit Commander of the Drug Law Enforcement Unit at Keetmanshoop in 1995, Unit Commander of the Stock Theft Unit at Gobabis in 1999.
During the year 2001 he was promoted to the rank of Inspector and appointed as the Regional Crime Investigation Coordinator of Omaheke Region. During 2011 he was promoted to a rank of Deputy Commissioner and transferred as the Regional Crime Investigation Coordinator of //Karas Region, until 2017 when he was promoted to the rank of Commissioner and appointed as the //Karas Police Regional Commander.
The communiqué states that the Inspector General, the management, rank and file and civilian component of the Namibian Police Force is proud of their commitment and the dedicated policing service rendered to the Namibian people for all those years; and now retiring with honour and dignity.
“The Namibian Police Force is equally honoured to have benefitted greatly from their able leadership and management style and thus wish them a peaceful and relaxing retirement.”
Commissioner Joseph Shimweelao Shikongo transferred from the Namibian Defence Force where he served from July 1990 to 2000. He joined the Namibian Police Force with the rank of an Inspector in May 2000 and was appointed as Chief of the Security to the Prime Minister from 2000 to 2003. He was promoted to the rank of Chief Inspector in 2003 and served as the Deputy Commanding officer of Very Important Persons Protection Directorate (VIPPD) until 2004.
In the same year 2004, he was deployed to Wanaheda Criminal Investigation Unit as the deputy Unit Commander up until 2005. From the year 2005 to 2019 he served as a senior Staff Officer to the Deputy Inspector General for Operations and was only promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner in 2011.
He was promoted to the rank of Commissioner and appointed as the Khomas Police Regional Commander on 01 May 2019. In addition to his various tasks and deployments he also attended various managerial and security related training nationally and internationally.
Commissioner Shikongo also served the Namibian Police Force in various international capacities;
He served the United Nations Integrated Mission in East Timor as a Chief of Operations for two years from 2007 to 2008. He also served the United Nations Mission in Sudan as a Planning Officer and was the Namibian Contingent Commander from 2008 to 2011. He was deployed to the SADC mission in the Kingdom of Lesotho and served in various positions at different intervals of three months in 2014 and 2017. His last deployment to the SADC preventative mission in the Kingdom of Lesotho was from December 2017 to November 2018.
Commissioner David Ukongo Indongo joined the Namibian Police Force soon after Independence in 1990 and was attached to State House as a Protection Officer and served in that position over two decades; having served the Founding Father Sam Nuyoma initially and continued with his close protection task with the second President Pohamba and subsequently with the current President Geingob, until early 2015.
In the same year 2015, he was relieved from close protection duties and was promoted to the rank of Chief Inspector and appointed as the head of Operations and Planning Sub-Division at the Very Important Persons Protection Directorate (VIPPD).
In 2016 he was promoted to a rank of Deputy Commissioner and transferred to the Keetmanshoop Regional Commanders Office as the Head of Operations.
The position he served until 30 April 2019 when he was promoted to the rank of Commissioner and appointed as the //Karas Police Regional Commander on 01 May 2019.
The Inspector General congratulated and welcomed the two incoming Police Regional Commanders for their promotions and appointments to serve in these very important portfolios of higher responsibility.