By Staff reporter
Head of City Police Abraham Kanime vowed to combat the plague of serious and violent crimes, mainly aggravated robberies that continue to grip the city.
Kanime, who made his re-appearance at work recently told The Patriot that following his assessment meeting with city police officers, he was briefed that crime has increased in Windhoek.
He also thanked his officials for their dedication and hard work when he was on suspension.
“The officers are trying their best with the little that they have,” he said briefly.
Kanime who had been on suspension for 13 months was suspended on 27 March 2018 on allegations of misusing public funds when he authorised the payment of his own legal fees with city funds for a law suit against the municipality.
Sources close to his suspension said his suspension followed a meeting with Namibian Police Inspector-General, Sebastian Ndeitunga and other top officials from Namibian Police, Namibian Defence Force and Namibia Correctional Service.
Impeccable sources who attended the high-level meeting said it was City of Windhoek mayor Muesee Kazapua and beleaguered chief executive officer Robert Kahimise’s brainchild to get rid of Kanime who commanded the municipal police with an iron fist.
At the time, Ndeitunga refused to be drawn into the allegations of being one of architectures of Kanime’s suspension challenging anyone with evidence to come forth.
During the course of last month Nampol Inspector General, Sebastian Ndeitunga launched the crime privation initiative, Operation Kalahari Desert calling it an important effort in the ongoing fight against crime.
Operation Kalahari Desert is the second anti-criminal operation in 12 months, as law enforcement officials continue intensifying their efforts at rooting out crime.
Ndeitunga launched Operation Kalahari Desert in the capital Windhoek’s Israel Iyambo Police Training College, where he said the operation would run until December. “With the Namibian Government intensifying the fight against crime to ensure public order, safety of citizens, visitors and tourists, president Geingob is requesting members of the public to respect and cooperate with law-enforcement officials to rid the country of criminals,” said the statement from the presidency.
Different arms of Namibia’s law enforcement are expected to participate in the joint operation, including the Namibian Correctional Service, Windhoek City Police and Namibia’s Defence and Police Forces.