The outgoing Police Chief Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga described his 17-year tenure as bumpy, rough and stoney, but that he finally accomplished the mission of leading the force.
The Inspector General was speaking today at the change of command ceremony held at the Israel Patrick Iyambo Police College in Windhoek, where he handed over the instruments of power to his successor, Mayor General Joseph Shikongo.
Police gave a befitting farewell parade to the outgoing Ndeitunga yesterday through the streets Independence Avenue.
Ndeitunga who took over from Lukas Patrick Hangula, is the second longest serving chief of the Namibian Police.
In his farewell speech, the IG could not hold his emotions as he took time to thank all former
Presidents of the Republic of Namibia and the current President for their trust in him to lead the
police force as well as all those who played a part in his achievements, as the chief of police.
“With bittersweet thank you, as you beat farewell to my 17-years tenure, particularly in my last four months at the helm of the Namibian police force it has not been easy but we managed to pull through,’’ said the outgoing Ndeitunga.
He further acknowledged that during his tenure he might have concentrated too much on other things and neglected some.
It is now up to his successor to carry out well devised strategies and continue the good work done by the Namibian police force.
The long-serving IG also reminded the incoming successor to continue with the police mandates which are to effect policy, build partnership and organizational policy.
Meanwhile, the incoming IG major general Joseph Shikongo humbly echoed his heartfelt gratitude to be accorded the honour to serve Namibians.
He said it is not just the highest honour but it is a privilege and honour to serve, saying that he will ensure to serve the Namibian nation to his best ability.
He further thanked President Hage Geingob for entrusting him with the highest order in providing safety and security to the entire country.
Shikongo expressed gratitude towards the outgoing IG, saying it was through his leadership that he was able to serve in various ranks within the force.
He asserted that his office is open calling on collaborations to ensure effective police services to communities.
Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security Minister Albert Kawana took to the podium highlighting that it is another milestone in the Namibian history as transfer of power is done in a peaceful manner, displaying democracy at its highest order.
Kawana stated that the outgoing IG ensure that his legacy is passed on to new generation of police leaders.
The minister wished Ndeitunga, a peaceful and joyful retirement, thanking him for his dedication and an illustrious legacy he is leaving behind.
He reminded the incoming police chief that recruitment in the police force must reflect the Namibian people.