Nam Tops Region in Gender-Based Killings

POLICE have said 22 people have so far been killed by their “love partners” between January and May this year compared to 25 killed in 2013.

The figures were released during the launch of a three-day seminar on gender-based violence, which opened in Windhoek and is being attended by 25 Woman and Child Protection Unit commanders, investigators and a City Police officer.

In his opening speech, the head of criminal investigations directorate, Nicholas Endjala, said these figures make Namibia the country with highest number of GBV cases in the region. Endjala said the police had organised the seminar in response to President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s directive to fast-track investigations and trials of GBV cases.

Pohamba declared 6 March this year a national prayer day to stop violence against women and children. The President also directed that alcohol and drug abuse cases should receive priority over other cases.

“The motives cited range from jealousy, anxiety, frustration, revenge, feelings of resentment while under the influence of alcohol and drugs,” he said.

He said of the reported murder cases, all but one of the 46 suspects were arrested. However, he said, it was disturbing that six of the suspects committed suicide before they could face the wrath of the law.

Endjala further said the seminar that is being held under the theme “Fast-tracking of GBV Investigations” will benefit from legal and health fraternity experts who are expected to share knowledge on how to deal with gender violence victims and cases.

The seminar is expected to produce recommendations on the way forward and produce a report on GBV in the country.

Source : The Namibian