DESPITE the recent backlash from the public because of the death of a Zimbabwean taxi driver at the hands of a soldier during the joint crime fighting operation the Namibian Defence Force will remain ‘part and parcel’ of the operation.
The Inspector General of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga said that Operation Kalahari Desert will go into recess this coming Sunday but that it will resume in August.
“As far as I am concerned, the operation has intervals and we are going on recess. We will resume in full swing with the military. The soldiers are doing well on the streets and the people are happy that we are protecting their civilian rights,” Ndeitunga said.
A statement from the People’s Litigation Center (PLC), issued by Chairperson Mathias Haufiku suggests that the Office of the Attorney General issued letter to the LTC lawyers in which a commitment was made to remove the NDF soldiers from the streets as of Sunday the 30th of June.
The PLC on the other hand, is threatening to lodge an urgent high court application on the 1st of July, should the soldiers remain on the streets.
“The PLC reiterates its commitment to a crime-free Namibia, however we will not tolerate the blatant abuse of power and unwarranted force meted out against innocent civilians,” Haufiku noted.
Ndeitunga said he welcomes the court threats, saying that the LTC is well in its rights to approach the high court, but that they should do so with responsibility.
“They should have a sense of responsibility when they go to court. They cannot threaten us with court. They should know that the court is for everyone and we will challenge them too and we will fight back. Why are they threatening us when the soldiers are doing a great job?” Ndeitunga asked.
Ndeitunga declined to comment on the death of the 22-year-old Zimbabwean taxi driver.