NCS Commissioner-General Shikongo Retires

By Eveline January - February 13th, 2014

Commissioner-General (Rtd) Evaristus Shikongo was at the helm of the Namibian Correctional Service for the past 18 years. He retired on the 1 February 2014.

He was appointed the Commissioner of Prisons in 1996 by the first President of the Republic of Namibia and Father of the Nation, His Excellency, President Sam Nujoma.

Commissioner-General Shikongo played a pivotal leadership role both in the reform agenda for prisons at the national and international level. Below list just a few examples:

He was the Chairperson of the Conference of the Eastern, Southern and Central African Heads of Correctional Services (CESCA) from 2001 to 2002.

From 2001 to 2005 he served as an Executive Board member of the ICPA.

Commissioner-General Shikongo excelled in reforming and modernising prisons in Namibia. Through his visionary leadership and his commitment, Namibian Correctional Service is on the precipice of achieving its stated vision; “To be the leader of Correctional Services in Africa”. The following is testimony to this:

- The establishment of a new concept of Open Prison Farms at Divundu Correctional Facility and Farm Scott Correctional Facility;
- The construction of new correctional facilities with the modern architecture that support the modern corrections philosophy at Oluno Correctional Facility, Elizabeth Nepemba Correctional Facility and the renovation and upgrading of the old Windhoek Correctional Facility, Hardap Correctional Facility, Luderitz Correctional Facility, Omaruru Correctional Facility and Gobabis Correctional Facility. The Construction of the Lucius S. Mahoto Correctional Service Training College;
- The introduction and adoption of the new organisational and salary structure;
- The implementation of the Offender Risk Management Correctional Strategy; a modern evidence-based approach of treating offenders in accordance to their risk and needs;
- The introduction of the Community Service Orders in the country’s Criminal Justice System;
- The introduction of a comprehensive, computerized Offender Management System;
- The establishment of a Correctional Management university degree programme in collaboration with the Polytechnic of Namibia;
- Most recently, the enactment of the Correctional Service Act to concretise the Offender Risk Management Correctional Strategy and the overall modern correctional approach in Namibia.

Commissioner-General (Rtd) Shikongo was the longest serving head of a Correctional Service in Africa and is considered by his peers as an elder statesman and an articulate defender of ethical, progressive and professional correctional reform throughout Africa.

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