Monday 17 May 2021
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Nampol victimises cadet officer over ‘house’

A cadet police officer is on the brink of being forcefully transferred from Epukiro after refusing to vacate a government house in order to make room for a higher ranked officer. A cadet officer is the lowest ranked official within the ranks of NamPol. Constable Mavikaravi Mupya who is deployed at Epukiro Post 3 (Omaueyozonjanda) in the Omaheke region finds himself between a rock and hard place after he was asked to vacate the state-owned house to make way for a senior officer, Anna Tuyeni who will replace Sherina Mbomboro. Mbomboro occupied the house before her transfer to Omitara few months back. Omaheke’s regional commander Josephat Abel this week vowed to deal with Mupya for alerting the media and labelled him as an ‘undisciplined officer’.  The house was allocated to Mupya by the Epukiro Post 3 Settlement office in December 2016.  Confirming the information, a senior insider at the Epukiro Post 3 Settlement Office told this reporter that the house in question was legally given to Mupya and that the Namibian Police had no right to force him out because it does not belong to the Nampol. “This situation is not new to me. But both parties, Mr Mupya and the two police chiefs who are asking him to vacate the house have not approached the Settlement Office. But the house was allocated to Mupya,” a source at the settlement office briefly stated. In addition, the source said: “Mupya has been here for almost five years.
The procedure is, a person applies for a house through our office and once we have a vacant house, we look at the application list and allocate the house to the next person in line, which was the case with Mupya. He was next on the waiting list and once the house became vacant it was allocated to him.” “The house in question was previously occupied by a station commander, so now the police chiefs have concluded that this house has been reserved for station commanders which is not the case. The house does not belong to NamPol, we do not operate police houses. The regional commander cannot decide who to allocate the house to. We (Settlement Office) told Mupya not to vacate the house and that anyone who has a problem with that must be referred to the Settlement Office,” explained the source who also indicated that the plot to transfer Mupya to make use of the house is an open secret. The source went on to say: “Even if they transfer Mupya, there are people on the waiting list and therefore the house will be allocated to the next person in line. The said station commander is yet to set foot in Post 3, has not even applied for a house nor has she brought her identity documents. And in government, nobody is more important than the other. It cannot be that Mupya must be forced to vacate the house because the other person is considered more important due to the position they occupy, maybe it is how things work in the force but not with us,” said the official. Abel told this reporter that moving Mupya out of the house was in the “best interest of society and the Namibian Police”. “Point No.1, by forcing the junior police officer that is nonsense. No.2, there was no threat to the junior officer, this is also nonsense.
The issue is, the deployment of members and allocation of accommodation lies with the authority[NamPol]. It is not somebody that comes from nowhere,” said a clearly agitated Abel. Abel added: “No.3, it[removing the junior officer from the house] is in the interest of the public and the region, including yourself. When we deploy a member, we are deploying them based on the interest and quality deliverance of service to community.  The issue of that undisciplined constable who came to you should not be tolerated because as we speak there is no station commander.” “That house[currently occupied by Mupya] has all along been for a station commander.  We cannot be kept hostage[by Mupya]. We know what we need to do to deliver services to the public, now this undisciplined constable[Mupya] ran to your newspaper to report. We will deal with him,” threatened Abel. Efforts to get comment from Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga over the legality of Mupya’s impending forceful removal and possible transfer proved futile. Ndeitunga, who is currently on medical leave, said he cannot comment on the matter while on leave. The fight for the house gives credibility to claims advanced over the years that low-ranked police officers are subjected to mistreatment and that they do not have a platform to file their grievances when challenging seniors.

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