WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba strongly condemned acts of domestic and gender-based violence committed against women and children in Namibia on Monday.
The president said the ‘ever-increasing and senseless’ acts of violence committed against women and children cause pain and immense suffering.
The Head of State said this in a speech delivered on his behalf by Minister of Safety and Security Nangolo Mbumba at the official commissioning of a new helicopter for the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Air Wing that took place at the Eros Airport here.
He said people committing these crimes also tarnish the image of Namibia as a whole, and disrupt the peace and stability that Namibians have enjoyed since the country obtained its political independence in 1990.
“These criminals undermine and sabotage the gains of the country’s socio-economic development. We need a society where our people are able to walk freely without the fear of being attacked or robbed of their belongings while they are in their homes,” noted Pohamba.
He also used the opportunity to assure all Namibians that Government is committed to the protection of all citizens, and said women and children have the right, just like all other citizens, to live in safety and in a peaceful environment.
“All those people who engage in these heinous crimes of domestic violence and the senseless attacks on vulnerable members of our society must face the full wrath of the country’s laws,” he added.
Pohamba then called on all Namibians to work hand-in-hand with NamPol and other law-enforcement units in the country to help prevent the escalation of incidents of violent crime.
The commissioning of NamPol’s new Eurocopter EC145 helicopter and the official inauguration of an improved hangar belonging to NamPol’s Air Wing was held simultaneously today.
The helicopter’s market value is estimated at N.dollars 50 million, while the improved hangar was built and renovated at a cost of N.dollars 8 million.