Rundu – Road Fund Administration (RFA) stakeholders and traffic law enforcement agency representatives from the northern regions are meeting in Rundu for a traffic law enforcement workshop.

The two-day workshop on traffic law enforcement is also being attended by agencies and members of border post management committees in the north.

The traffic law enforcement campaign workshop ties in with the RFA strategic themes – to optimize funding and secure sufficient funding to execute mandates, and stakeholder synergy and strong stakeholder engagement across all sectors.

Theophilus Shapota, RFA inspections manager, who is facilitating the workshop, said traffic law enforcement agencies have been identified as key stakeholders for the RFA within the enabling linkages grouping. The enabling linkages are links with organisations and social groups that provide the authority and control resources that enable the RFA to exist.

He said traffic law enforcement agencies play a key role in terms of their level of authority and enforcing the RFA legislation on the roads, thereby assisting the RFA to ensure road user compliance and close any possible loopholes.

“The border post management committees have also been identified as key stakeholders for the RFA within the normative linkages grouping. The normative linkages represent links to organisations that face similar problems or share similar values and in this instance the border post management committees assist the RFA by creating an enabling environment at the border posts and assist with law enforcement,” he said.

The objectives of the overall campaign are to create awareness and educate traffic law enforcement agencies and border post management committees about the RFA and its mandate.

It is also intended to inform traffic law enforcement agencies and border post management committees about the RFA legislation currently in place that requires law enforcement.

“The secondary objectives are to encourage collective stakeholder participation to improve the RFA’s revenue collection streams and further encourage team building amongst stakeholders as we work towards attaining the same objectives, for example, ensuring a safe and economically efficient road sector for Namibia,” added Shapota.

“This workshop came at the right time with our partner RFA as we really need to enhance safety in the country, and Nampol being the biggest law enforcer in the country needs to link with all other entities and agencies which can give support with the funding of equipment and education and then we will reach success at the end of the day,” said Nampol’s Head of the Traffic Law Enforcement Division, Deputy Commissioner Ralph Ludwig.

Traffic law enforcement agency representatives from Otjozondjupa, Oshana, Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi are attending the workshop.

Border post management committee representatives attending are from Ngoma, Wenella, Muhembo, Katwitwi, Sarasungu, Oshikango, Kasamane and Omahenene .

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