MTC and NamPol pledge N.dollars 160 000 for arrest of rape suspects

Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) pledged N.dollars 100 000 in addition to N.dollars 60 000 offered by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) for information that will lead to the arrest of suspects involved in recent rape and robbery incidents in Havana.

MTC Chief Human Capital Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo, announced this Monday during a media briefing at the police headquarters in Windhoek.

He said the N.dollars 100 000 reward will be given to any member of the public who provides the police with concrete information that will lead to the successful arrest and prosecution of suspects who raped and robbed two families in Windhoek’s Havana informal settlement in two separate incidents two weeks ago.

This comes after a mother and her two daughters were robbed at their house in Havana before the two suspects took turns to rape the eldest girl who is said to be 12 years old.

A few days after this incident, a 29-year-old man was shot dead in the same area by a suspect after he tried to come to the aid of his sister who was being sexually assaulted by the suspect, who also broke into the woman’s shack at night and got away with a mobile phone.

Ekandjo said it is unacceptable for a 12-year-old girl to be molested, and the rape incident must have changed her life forever. Therefore, the public should come forward with information that will get the suspects arrested and taken away from society, because if they are not arrested they will continue doing it as nobody is immune to criminal activities.

“No child should ever go through such a traumatising experience. Today is a child in Havana, tomorrow is a child in Kleine Kuppe. Nobody is exempted or immune to criminal activities; so it is important to join hands to stop criminals from doing what they are doing,” said Ekandjo.

NamPol spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi said the police have pledged the N.dollars 60 000 reward for anyone with information that may lead the police to the suspects and arrest them, however cautioning that the public should not provide the police with wrong information as this may delay the investigation process.

Shikwambi added that the Office of the First Lady is also working with the police and it will provide counselling for the two affected families.

Source: Namibia Press Agency