Promotions must be performance based: Shikongo

• By Tracy Tafirenyika 

NAMIBIAN Police Force (NamPol) Inspector General, Joseph Shikongo says service promotions must be based on performance and length of service, not on nepotism or favouritism.

While castigating officers who are clamouring for promotions, Shikongo said there are more than 300 police sergeants that are due to retire but have yet to receive promotions.

He made these comments at a change of command ceremony where Commissioner David Indongo, the former Khomas regional commander, was moved to lead the special field force and Commissioner Willem Steenkamp was appointed the new Khomas regional commander.

Shikongo’s comments were in response to current practice in the police department, where officers write him letters seeking promotions despite their lack of significant service, accomplishments, or academic success.

Shikongo stated that promotions would be handed to officers who put their boots on the ground.

“We have a lot of work to do; I want to see boots on the ground everywhere.

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