73 murders between January and March – Namibia

Seventy-three homicides were recorded between January and March, with Khomas, Ohangwena and Irungo districts topping the list with 12, eight and seven cases, respectively.

Kavango West and Omahiki had the lowest number of cases with one and two cases in 2021, according to Police Inspector General Sebastian Ndetonga in remarks he made at the conclusion of the Basic Police Standardization Training Course on Friday.

Nditunga added that 45% of the homicides occurred in apartment buildings, the main cause of which was domestic violence, 16% of which occurred on the streets, 15% in liquor outlets and other places, and 9% occurred on farms.

At least 31% of these murders were committed with knives, 14% with firearms, 6% with machetes and stones, and 44% with unknown objects.

Nditunga said police officers are developing strategies in ongoing joint regional operations, including addressing gender-based violence and seeking to amend the alcohol law.

“However, these strategies alone will not provide adequate interventions if the public does not comply, so I appeal to members of the public to work with the police to reduce crime in their communities,” he added.

The three-month course, which began on January 11 this year, started with 48 female NCOs and female officers from the Namibian Police and Windhoek City Police, including 26 female officers.

Forty-six officers successfully completed the course, while two left for medical reasons.

The course included the Namibian constitution, criminal procedure law, police law and police science, community policing, human rights, police records, forms, digging and weapon handling skills.

Ndetunga said the course was particularly challenging, requiring participants to have discipline, determination, stamina and a high level of professionalism.

He also urged police officers to be guided by the Code of Conduct and the provisions of the Police Act.

“Police officers must always be guided by the law when dealing with suspects, and if the situation so requires, officers must always use force commensurate with the level of resistance of the persons with whom they are dealing, as stipulated in Criminal Procedure Law No. 51 of 1977 on arrest and detention of suspects.

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