30 Oct 2015 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 30 OCT (NAMPA) The City of Windhoek (CoW) has commenced with the clearance of riverbeds and bushes as a crime-prevention initiative.
Speaking at the monthly council meeting here on Thursday, Windhoek Mayor, Muesee Kazapua said the City Police have intensified its crime-prevention operations through 24-hour patrols all days of the week and through the installation of close circuit television (CCTV) cameras for surveillance around Windhoek.
He said there is need to live in harmony and promote peace and love in community and society.
His comments follow the brutal killing of two sisters in Khomasdal earlier this month.
The bodies of Jacqueline Kuaseua, 18, and Cecilia Kambuu Kuaseua, 30, were found in a riverbed in Khomasdal area on 09 October 2015.
I would therefore like to use this opportunity on behalf of Council to condemn the killings of the two innocent young people. Any loss of life is way too much for our nation, particularly if that life is lost through senseless killings, he said.
He called on all Windhoek residents to create responsive neighbourhoods that provide protection for women and children, who are usually victims of such barbaric attacks, and to responsively assist those who are in violent relationships.
Kazapua said after President Hage Geingob's visit to the crime scene behind a primary school, an Inter-Ministerial Committee consisting of relevant ministers responsible for public safety was established.
He further noted that as per directive of the president, law-enforcement agencies including the City Police were ordered to intensify crime-prevention initiatives and public safety operational orders aimed at combating the increase in murder crimes.
The directives include the clearing of riverbeds and open spaces that have become a safe haven for criminals; installation of flood and street lights in crime-prone areas; installation of additional CCTV cameras in crime-prone areas; and strict enforcement of the Liquor Act 1998 (Act 6 of 1998).
Parliament recently passed the Liquor Act (Act No 6 of 1998) based on the following objectives that replace the three previous Liquor Licensing regimes (Ordinance 2 of 1969, Proclamation 205 of 1968, and Ovambo Liquor Enactment of 1973) with a single uniform law. This law, amongst many functions, aims to ameliorate shebeen problems, bring unlicenced 'cuca shops' under licence control and address the problem of alcoholism that is much associated with gender-based violence.