Police attribute alcohol to 18 lives lost

03 Jul 2016 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 03 JUL (NAMPA) – Eighteen people lost their lives in different parts of the country between Friday and Sunday afternoon.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi told a media conference here on Sunday afternoon that seven people were killed through fighting while another seven died when they ended their lives by committing suicide.
These deaths were recorded in Windhoek in the Khomas Region, Katima Mulilo in Zambezi, Keetmanshoop in //Kharas, Mondesa in Erongo and Ongha in the Ohangwena Region.
A further four died in three different cases of culpable homicide on the national road network in Omaruru in the Erongo Region, Rundu in Kavango East Region and Katima Mulilo.
Shikwambi said the consumption of alcohol is a major contributing factor to murder and suicide.
“The incidents of fighting and alcohol abuse among people have proven to be one of the major contributing factors to murder and suicide cases. People should learn to drink responsibly and they should always try to find amicable solutions to their disputes.
“People must avoid fighting because fighting always ends tragically. In general, people must stop the habits of fighting one another because they just end up killing each other.”
Shikwambi strongly advised people to desist from possessing dangerous weapons while socialising with others or when at drinking outlets.
The police have also recorded three cases of rape, two incidents of attempted murder, a case of armed robbery and a case of concealment of birth.
Month-end pay weekends are notorious for an increase in socialising and alcohol consumption, which tends to result in an increase in crime and busier hospitals.