27 Jan 2019 15:50pm
RUNDU, 27 JAN (NAMPA) The festive season police operations in the Kavango East Region were a success, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) regional crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Bonifasius Kanyetu has said.
In a media briefing held here over the weekend, Kanyetu said the festive season operation for the region started on 19 November 2018. Operation Hornkranz started on 21 December and both operations ended on 15 January 2019.
Kanyetu said it was a success compared to the same period of 2017/2018, noting that a lot was achieved in terms of safety and security.
He said only three murder cases were reported this festive season compared to the previous one where a total of 10 murder cases were registered.
No armed robbery cases were reported compared to the festive season of 2017/2018 that had seven armed robbery cases.
Rape and domestic violence cases saw a major decrease since none of such cases were reported, Kanyetu added.
In 2017/2018, two rape cases were reported while domestic violence cases were 34. A total of 11 gender-based violence and common assault cases were registered in 2018/19 compared to 34 the previous season.
Kanyetu commended the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the Customs and Excise Department and the Men and Women Network for their joint efforts as well as the members of the public for their assistance.
I believe and determined that we had a good force and I have pride in them, because their conduct had a good response from members of the public since they received the cooperation they needed.
Kanyetu said according to the statistics, there was no case of resisting of arrest or obstruction of the members of the force reported in the region and that gives an indication that the public understood the reason why there was police presence everywhere.
Regarding liquor he said no one was arrested, and applauded shebeen owners for largely complying with the Liquor Act.
The only problem is that patrons are supposed to consume alcohol on the premises and not off the premises, because it is an offence to drink on the streets, he reminded the operators and consumers.