05 Aug 2013 07:50
GOBABIS, 05 AUG (NAMPA) - The Minister of Safety and Security and the Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) have condemned the senseless killing of women and other related violent crimes committed against children and vulnerable members of the Namibian society.
The two leaders - Safety and Security Minister Immanuel Ngatjizeko and Head of NamPol, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga - particularly expressed dismay and dissatisfaction at the recent brutal killing of a 17-year-old schoolgirl, Johanna Nantapo, at the harbour town of Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region, and Outjo resident Charlotte Geingos, a niece to Outjo Mayor Kleophas Geingob.
Both the deceased women were reportedly stabbed to death by their partners.
Speaking at the official inauguration of the new police barracks and new police holding cells for trial-awaiting prisoners at Gobabis last Friday, the two leaders urged all peace-loving Namibians to work hand-in-hand with NamPol members and other law-enforcement agencies in order to combat the killing of women and the prevention of other violent crimes perpetrated against other vulnerable members of the society.
Updating the Gobabis community on the rapid increase in the reports of crimes committed against women, with men often being the perpetrators, a fired-up Ndeitunga reiterated his strong and earnest appeal to Namibian men to stop killing their partners.
The chief of NamPol said it is completely disheartening to see men and young boys commit such heinous crimes against their partners and loved ones.
We (NamPol members) should discourage people from solving their problems through the use of violent means. Let us (NamPol members and community) work together as a formidable and united team in the combating of crimes committed against women, children and other vulnerable members of our society. The senseless crimes committed against women and children must stop. Such crimes must come to an end today. These crimes are totally unacceptable, said Ndeitunga.
He also appealed to the residents of Gobabis and those living in the entire Omaheke Region to help promote and protect Namibia's image and to jealously guard against the 'unnecessary issues' which are aimed at tarnishing the image of the country.
We want to have all law-abiding Namibians living in peace in this town and the country as a whole, the police chief indicated.
On his part, Ngatjizeko said both the Namibian Government and his ministry are fully committed to the maintenance of peace, safety and security and the rule of law in the country and therefore crimes committed against women, children and other vulnerable members of our society cannot be allowed to continue.
On the issue of drugs allegedly being transported through the Omaheke Region to other destinations across the country, the minister urged the people residing in this region to stand up and fight the selling and abuse of drugs.
He noted that Gobabis is vulnerable to drugs.
The trend is now that some of the drug dealers are targeting school children. It is a worrisome situation because children are our future hope and if they are being destroyed in their infancy through the abuse of drugs, how do we hope to survive as a nation? Ngatjizeko said.
He urged all traditional leaders, parents and teachers to monitor any person or persons who may be suspected of dealing in drugs and report such a person to the police immediately.
Ngatjizeko and Ndeitunga were both addressing close to 200 Gobabis residents and police officers who were present at the Omaheke Regional Police Headquarters to witness the official inauguration of the new police barracks and the holding cells on Friday.
The barracks were built at a cost of about N.dollars 3,6 million, and can accommodate 21 people.
The holding cells were constructed at a cost of N.dollars 1 880 000, and consist of seven holding cells for trial-awaiting prisoners.