Prison officials will now be able to better manage riots in correctional facilities.
This was made possible after the Ministry of Interior, Immigration, Safety and Security received security equipment from China’s Ministry of Public Security on Thursday.
The equipment, which was handed over to Walvis Bay, includes 1,500 sets of knee pads, elbow pads, anti-step gloves, rubber batons, helmets, riot shields and 1,600 sets of protective vests.
Yang Jun, charge d’affaires at the Chinese Embassy, said at the handover ceremony that safety and security are important for the protection of life and property.
“Although the majority of Namibians view the country as a safe place to live, levels of fear of crime are on the rise. The law enforcement departments of the Namibian government have done much to improve the security environment, but they suffer from budgetary constraints.
“China, as Namibia’s all-weather friend, would like to provide support in this area. I believe that the delivery of this safety equipment will contribute to the Namibian government’s law enforcement capacity building, especially from Namibia Correctional Service (NCS),” he said.
According to Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security, Daniel Kashikola, the NCS recorded two incidents of rioting at Hardap and Keetmanshoop correctional facilities in 2021 and 2022, respectively. .
So he was grateful to receive the equipment.
“It underscores the need for the type of protective equipment we receive today. This would therefore greatly contribute to our ability to deal with dangerous situations that we could not deal with otherwise.
“It would appropriately arm our emergency response units and build their confidence and courage to deal with dangerous situations,” Kashikola said.
The equipment, worth N$7 million, will be distributed to correctional facilities across the country.