14 Nov 2018 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 14 NOV (NAMPA) First Lady Monica Geingos on Wednesday strongly appealed to Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua to urgently solve the internal disputes at the City of Windhoek in order to focus on combatting crime.
These issues include the suspensions of COW Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Robert Kahimise and City Police Chief, Abraham Kanime.
Kahimise was suspended on 19 October 2018 over a N.dollars 170 000 study loan paid towards his studies, allegedly without approval from the councils management committee as required.
Kanime has been on suspension since 26 March 2018, pending the finalisation of an investigation regarding alleged misconduct.
Geingos was speaking at a consultative workshop on the National Integrated Crime Combatting Strategy for the #BreakFree from Violence Campaign in Windhoek.
She explained that a city without a police chief and CEO is uncalled for as Namibians want to see peace in the capital.
The reason for all this is probably ego and all kinds of insinuations of tribalism and while all these fights are happening and positions are unoccupied, violent crimes are increasing, houses are being broken into and rape is at its peak, she fumed.
Geingos pointed out that once the issues at CoW have been fixed, there is a need to further fix the relationship of the City Police and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) for their long-standing conflict.
We cannot afford to operate in silence anymore while people are having egos of who should take credit for what, she said.
The First Lady emphasised that she fully supports the attempts by the mayor and his leadership of the city council in solving the issue, thus egos need to be put aside.
The crime combatting strategy is aimed at addressing the issues of crime and violence which affects countless Namibians from all walks of life.
The one-day workshop was co-hosted in collaboration with NamPol and the Institute for Security Studies.