DTA calls for regulation of security companies

WINDHOEK: Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA)’s Member of Parliament Phillemon Moongo has expressed concern over the lack of regulation over private security companies in Namibia especially when it comes to the issue of uniforms.

He said during the discussions of the national budget allocation for the 2014/15 financial year in the National Assembly (NA) on Monday, that there is a need for a code of uniformity because it has become difficult to distinguish a vehicle belonging to the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) or the Namibian Police Force (NamPol).

“When you go to certain shops, you think that this is your officer, but in actual fact, the person is a private security officer,” he said.

He said that the mushrooming of security companies has become a concern because any individual is able to register a private and then turn it into a security company.

Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (RLGHRD) Charles Namoloh said that some of the private security companies replicate the uniforms of the national security forces and the national police.

He added that the firearms carried by private security guards should also be regulated. “They are carrying around large firearms. They should carry small arms to control and guard only, and not large firearms. Not sub-machine guns because then they are overarmed even more than police officers,” he said.

(edited)WINDHOEK: DTA of Namibia Member of Parliament (MP) Phillemon Moongo says he is concerned about the lack of regulation over private security companies in Namibia, especially when it comes to their uniforms.

He said this during the discussions of the national budget allocation for the Ministry of Safety and Security for the 2014/15 financial year in the National Assembly (NA) on Monday.

Moongo said there is a need for stricter regulations because it has amongst others become difficult to distinguish a vehicle belonging to a private security company from that belonging to the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) or the Namibian Police Force (NamPol).

“When you go to certain shops you think that this is your officer, but in actual fact, the person is a private security officer,” he said.

Moongo also stated that the increase in the number of security companies has become a concern because any individual is able to register a private business and then turn it into a security company.

Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Charles Namoloh said some of the private security companies replicate the uniforms of the national security forces and the national police.

He added that the firearms carried by private security guards should also be regulated.“They are carrying around large firearms. They should carry small arms to control and guard only, and not large firearms. Not sub-machine guns because then they are over-armed, even more than police officers,” he said.

SOURCE: NAMPA