Geingob visits site of Khomasdal murders

10 Oct 2015 20:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 OCT (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob on Saturday instructed members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), City Police and the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) to patrol riverbeds in Windhoek that are used daily by pedestrians.
Geingob said this when he visited the areas where three people lost their lives in violent manners recently. The President, accompanied by First Lady Monica Geingos, visited the site in Khomasdal where the bodies of two women were discovered on Friday. He also visited the area near the University of Namibia’s main campus where a 20-year-old student was shot dead by unknown attackers last month.
The 20-year-old Redney 'Oumes' Gariseb was a second-year student at the institution, pursuing a Bachelor of Accounting (Honours) Degree.
In the most recent case which sent shockwaves through the Windhoek community, the two women’s lifeless bodies were discovered behind the Elim Primary School on Friday.
A suspect linked to the murder of the women whose bodies were found in a riverbed, was arrested late last night.
The Head of Media Relations at the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi confirmed the arrest on Saturday morning, stating that the suspect was arrested on the premises of Augustineum Secondary School while attempting to commit suicide between 23h00 and midnight.
He is reported to be a teacher at the school.
“Both the police and the army should patrol these areas to create a fear in those who take away human lives as if they are killing chicken,” Geingob said.
The Regional Councillors of Windhoek West, Katutura Central and Khomasdal North, family members of the two female victims, members of the public and members of the police accompanied the President at the scene of crime in Khomasdal. The two women, one dressed in an Augustineum Secondary School uniform, were said to be sisters.
Family members broke down in tears as they approached the crime scene which was cordoned off by the police, and where pools of blood of could still be seen.
Geingob also condemned the term “passion killing”, saying that it should not be used in reference to such murders.
“We must stop calling this passion killing from today onwards. It’s the craziness in some men who are not confident enough that commit such crimes,” he said.
Augustineum Secondary School principal Rudolf Matengu informed the President at the scene of crime that the suspect in the matter taught Otjiherero to Grade 10 and 12 learners, including the deceased who wore a school uniform.
“We suspected nothing from him. It has devastated the school because even on Friday he carried out his duties with no sign or intention that he was going to commit a crime of such nature,” Matengu said.
Geingob and his entourage completed the day with a visit to Katutura’s Single Quarters, where he visited some of the shebeens.