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New police chief assumes power

By: Hendrina Kanyolo

The newly appointed Namibian Police Inspector- General, Joseph Shikongo said he will focus on capacity building of police officers through training. Shikongo said he will also continue enhancing cooperation with stakeholders both locally and internationally. Shikongo made these remarks during the change of command ceremony in Windhoek as he took over as the police head from the retired Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndetunga, who held the position for 17 years. "I can only assure you that my vision will be around those two items enhancing capacity through training as well as enhancing partnership,'' said Shikongo as he took over as the 5th Inspector-General of the police. Shikongo stated that the responsibility might not have come at the right time, as it comes when the world is faced with a lot of challenges. However, Shikongo said that he is determined to lead the force and navigate through these challenges. " I will keep, particularly the sword, visibly displayed not as a decoration, but as a constant reminder of the heavy responsibilities bestowed upon me as Inspector-General of Police that is to bring this organisation to greater heights and make it even stronger for years to come’’, said Shikongo. The retired Inspector-General, Sebastian Ndeitunga, before handing over the symbols of authority, described his nearly two decades journey at the helm of the law enforcement agency as rough and bumpy at times but satisfied with the fact that they maintained internal security as per the objective of Nampol. Ndeitunga encouraged the entire police management to continue rendering their support to Shikongo. "This is very important to ensure the continuity in effective and efficient provision of policing services," stated Ndeitunga. Ndeitunga said he might not have touched on many issues during his tenure but urges the new head to continue working hard to help enhance the force and continue to strategise and deliver policing services in the country.



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