Police should protect people

Behaviours of our police force are extremely out of hand in acting unprofessional and barbaric when dealing matters of the community.

Not so long late last month a young woman was allegedly murdered by members of the police in Windhoek when the group of the children of the liberation struggle were protesting against employment opportunities. The suspect on the matter is still at large and investigation of culpable homicide still continues to deter the culprit to book.

Many cases have gone unattended in this country including late Mr. Lazarus Kandara‘s death on how he was killed at the hands of the police in 2005, whose duty at the time was to protect and serve his life in anyway but his special treatment during his arrest and detention is questionable by the police and the bullet shooting suspected to be killed by himself still need proper forensic investigations.

The police should be there to maintain law and order; we believe that after their extensive successful training rather than creating chaos or agony indiscipline in a powerful faithful society which is mostly raised by Christianity doctrine.

These crimes are being committed by the law abiding citizens due to lack of police professionals or officers who reasonably or undoubtedly handle matters of this in the country at large.

Police behaviors in shooting or with unlawful arrests and detentions has become rife, civilians have been shot dead for the crimes they did not commit.

Recent cases published by the media have indicated that some of the physically challenged individuals in Namibia have lost their body parts at the hands of the police officers.

Thou security and protections   should have to be preserved or maintained by the police officers.

Into the recent incidence in Katima Mulilo , where Mr.Mulisa Dusken’s family were raided by the police causing some attacks in firing a tear gas into his house during his absence, at night when they were asleep , who then upon asking   what was their intention over the premises failed to explain the reasons. in this case the police later apologised for what they have done, this indicates a bad image towards the police attitude. What if the life could have been lost? this still applies to be the responsibility of   the police.

Looking into the criminal procedure Act of 1977, section 26 and 27 give mandate to the police officer to enter the house or any premises suspected to be for the criminal but with audible demand where the person inside the premises should agree to admit the police officer and should be told the reasons of admission.

About 160 police officers had been discharged or dismissed of their duties in 2012 alone between January and July. Some of the fired police officers collaborated with criminals or involved with crime syndicates. 25 police officers were in suspension for indiscipline and since 2007, 105 officers had been suspended from the police force and 9 had been dismissed due to various offences including corruption, pointing of fire arms, rape, and extortion, murder, attempting to defeat the course of justice, fraud and theft of exhibit money.

100 police officers had been discharged for various offences in 2011 said Namrights in its annual report of 2011.

According to the United States Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) 2012 report for Namibia states that crime is a serious concern in Windhoek and other areas throughout Namibia, and noted that the country has been identified as a “critical crime threat location” by the US State Department since April 2008.

However, the 2011 Global Study on Homicide produced by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) indicates data from the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2008 the homicide rate in Namibia was 27.4 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants (UN 2011, 105). In comparison, the Global Study on Homicide indicates that in 40 percent of the countries surveyed in 2010, the homicide rate was below 3 per 100,000 inhabitants (UN 2011, 9).

The Ministry of Safety and Security received concerns of bad behaviour by police officers and   the impunity of police officers over the use of excessive force by police in 2012. While a Country Report of 2011 also noted that the police and its leadership has participated much in corruption and human rights violations investigations.

According to a United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council report prepared for Namibia’s Universal Periodic Review, the police have also embarked on awareness campaigns and training on the use of minimum force during arrests.

Besides that, this significantly shows that this nation needs a professional police force that is capable of giving security to its citizens.






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