RUNDU – The country’s national police Inspector General, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga says the public should now call him “Sebastian ‘Miniskirt’ Ndeitunga” because of his public opinion on miniskirts that attracted much controversial attention earlier this year.
“Today my second name is miniskirt, it is well known, especially among the youth, but I say God forgive them because they do not know what they are doing,” said Ndeitunga at the four-day police Senior Command Conference in Rundu this week.
His remarks caused much laughter among delegates in the conference hall as he diverted from his prepared speech. He however asked the public to stop castigating people who bring up topics of debate which are of national interest.
Earlier this year a local newspaper reported that Ndeitunga threatened to arrest any woman found wearing short and revealing clothes. After the public outcry and demonstrations by a group calling themselves ‘Namibians Against Mini-Skirt Banning’, Ndeitunga came out publicly saying that he was misquoted in the media reports.
“The reporter changed the story to suit his own motives and I could not have said something like that knowing that it would interfere with women’s constitutional rights,” Ndeitunga said.
The issue stemmed from an incident where 40 women in Rundu were allegedly arrested for wearing ‘hot pants’ and Ndeitunga was approached to comment on the issue.
By Mathias Haufiku