By Rosalia David for Prime Focus Magazine
Thirty-six year old police officer, Christina Nanghali Fonsech, known for her courageousness battling crime, is not just the most feared female cop, but the epitome of blood, sweat and tears.
Fonsech, who grew up in the Northern part of Namibia and was raised by her namesake aunt says life was not easy for her.
She never gave up, even when she walked miles to school from Oshakati to Oneshila with her bottle of Oshikundu (traditional soft brew) to fill her empty stomach during break time.
“I used to hide my bottle of Oshikundu behind a small tree because I did not feel comfortable carrying it, so during break I would go behind the bushes and drink my Oshikundu burned and boiled by the sun. If somebody sees me drinking the Oshikundu it actually cause a fight," she laughed, explaining that she would then go back to the classroom slightly inebriated by the boiled oshikundu.
When life became too hard for Fonsech during grade nine, she started working as a nanny at okuwiwushona and took care of children’s for a mere piece of bread.
“I worked as a nanny but was not getting a salary, but rather food to eat. Nothing else mattered to me as long as I was fed,” she says.
Fonsech never knew that a miracle was about to hit until Founding Father, Dr. Sam Nujoma, took her from the streets and paid for her school until she finished her grade 12. After finishing school she then joined a police course and that’s when her life started.
With teary eyes, Fonsech comments on the role Nujoma played in her education, “I don’t know how to thank the Founding Father and all the people that helped me during my struggle.”
Fonsech says she wrote a letter to the Ministry of Education, saying that she desperately wanted to go back to school. The Founding Father then asked the Mayor of Tsumeb at that time, Susan Nghidinwa, to look for her, as Fonsech had previously worked as a nanny in the town. By that time, she had already moved to Windhoek.
However, when Fonsech later visited Tsumeb, she found an unopened letter from Nujoma, who ended up paying her school fees. Today, Fonsech is probably the most feared female police officer in the country, and heads the Regional Community Affairs desk for Khomas.
Fonsech joined the police course in 2003, just after she had given birth to her first child.
“It has always been my dream to be a police woman and I told myself nothing would get in my way,” she says. Fonsech, who is now most feared police officer in Namibia, believes in implementing the law in the country and deals with cases such as witchcrafts and day-to-day crimes. She started as a constable but grew the ranks to become an inspector,which is her current position.
Fonsech says she is currently targeting churches that she believes are misleading the public.
“Some churches are changing people so badly. They are leaving their jobs to serve these churches, but that is not what the Bible teaches us. I am against churches using the name of God,” she says.
Fonsech, who is a proud single mother tells Prime Focus that, “I have been on my own for a while and I would gladly say I am married to the Namibian Police because the majority of the time I am working.”
Besides her busy schedule, she mentions that, “People are afraid of me, especially guys, but I am just a normal person.” She continues laughing, “I am only tough when I want to discipline people.”
Fonsech, who was initially based in the Oshana Region and helped reduce crime there, was transferred to Windhoek in 2012 to fight crime in the capital.
She then saw the need to work together with the community and established a group called ‘Women and Men Network against Crime’ which was launched in 2009 to assist the Namibian Police in combating crime.
Like any other human being, Fonsech reveals that, “I go through challenges every day, but I do not allow them to bring me down”.
Fonsech would like to encourage all the young people to work hard and to follow their dreams because it is not easy to be unemployed and without a future. She admits, “There are so many times that I would shed tears listening to the young people’s problems, but I try my utmost not to show that I can be emotional. I would rather stand up and take a walk and then come back,” she smiles.