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Namibian law and order

 

Post-colonial Namibia can indeed be described as peaceful and stable with a tourist and investment friendly attitude and legal framework. Today Namibia ranks among the world's most peaceful countries.

Windhoek City Police (WCP)

Established under the Namibian Police Act and Governed by the Municipal Police and Windhoek Municipal Police Regulations, the WCP has the full Police Power in terms of the Criminal Procedures Act of Namibia and is mainly responsible for law and order in the capital. Under the leadership of Chief Abraham Kanime, a staff compliment of 400 members serves and protects the political and Commercial Capital of Namibia which is about 36 805 km2 with an estimate of 320 000 residents.

WCP was officially commissioned on November 18, 2005 and its functions are complimentary to the Namibian National Police (Nampol).

City Police emergency contact numbers:
Toll Free: 302 302
Control Room: 290 2239 or 290 2018
Ambulance and Fire: 21 1111

NAMPOL

The Namibian Police force, with its headquarters in Windhoek, has a total of 182 police stations across the country, which includes 14 satellite stations, 18 border control posts and 14 criminal investigation units.

The police force is based on the British model of policing, with additional expertise to Nampol and City Police supplied by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Abbotsford Police in British Columbia, Canada.
 

Courts and Legal System

The judiciary, headed by the Chief Justice, is independent and subject only to the Constitution and the Law. The Namibian judiciary consists of a Supreme Court, which handles matters of constitutional integrity; two High Courts, one in Windhoek and the recently inaugurated Oshakati High Court; seven Regional Courts, which form part of the lower courts, but are regarded as courts of higher jurisdiction than the magistrate’s courts; and 32 magistrate’s courts, complemented by periodical courts, which are serviced by these magistrate’s courts. All the courts (that is the Supreme, High, Regional and Magistrate’s courts) have statutory obligations. They operate according to the jurisdiction and mandates given by the statutes within which they were created.

The process of getting legal redress in private or criminal litigation matters can be cumbersome and time consuming, because the right of the other party to be heard (the audi alterem in partem rule) together with the principle of natural justice that no person can judge a case in which he/she is a party (nemo index in sua causa). Together these two common law rules form a legitimate expectation and a pivotal pillar of our law.