WINDHOEK: About 500 people marched to Zoo Park on Saturday to witness the launch of a crime-watch group based in Katutura.
The organisation is called ‘Women and Men Network and Neighbourhood Watch against Crime’.
The marchers were accompanied by the Police band from the Windhoek Central Police Station through Independence Avenue to the Zoopark, where they were welcomed by senior members of the Ministry of Safety and Security, Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and community leaders.
NamPol’s Khomas regional commander, Commissioner Festus Shilongo said during the launch that what started as a dream has become a reality when a group of around 500 citizens, mostly from Katutura, were mobilised to establish a neighbourhood watch against crime group.
The initiative is the brainchild of NamPol Warrant-Officer Christina Fonsecha, who saw the need for such a group, and mobilised the community to fight crime.
Shilongo said crime is not a condition but a choice by an individual, and sent a stern warning to criminals in the Khomas Region that their days are numbered.
“When we fall prey to crime, we fall prey in our private capacity, hence the establishment of the network against crime,” he added.
Deputy Inspector-General of Operations, Major-General Vilho Nghifindaka said the Khomas Region is the heart and window of Namibia, and should therefore be secured for all.
He commended the public’s assistance in the fight against crime, saying NamPol cannot fight crime in isolation, but needs the community.
Deputy Minister of Safety and Security Erastus Uutoni, who delivered the keynote address during the launch, called on all members of the network against crime to do what they committed themselves to do – fight crime.
He said that since all network members are community volunteers, they can play a big role in making the region safer, as criminals also walk and stay in the very same communities they serve.
Uutoni also called on all men to accept it when their partners want to end their relationships, saying “rather accept it in good faith, as there are other women out there, and do not opt to assault or kill them”.