President speaks on Khomasdal double murder

Windhoek: President Hage Geingob described as sheer madness an incident in which two women, including a school learner, were murdered in Khomasdal last week.

Geingob and First Lady Monica Geingos on Saturday cut short their afternoon rest to visit various crime hotspots – including the scene of the gruesome double murder in Khomasdal – to seek a solution to the unending spate of killings that has plagued the country in recent years.

In the most recent incident the bodies of the two murdered women were discovered in a riverbed behind Elim Primary School in Khomasdal over the weekend. A passerby contacted the police after coming across the bodies of the two sisters, Cecilia Kambuu Kuaseua, 30, and Jaqueline Kuaseua, 18.

Some men in the country are not confident enough in their manhood, hence their cowardly attacks on women, the president said.

Their first stop was near the University of Namibia (Unam), where a male accounting student Redney ‘Oumes’ Gariseb was shot and killed by suspected robbers more than two weeks ago.

Unam Vice-Chancellor Lazarus Hangula informed President Geingob about various troublesome incidents that have happened in the bushes near the university campus and in response President Geingob proposed that a fence be erected around the university as a precautionary measure.

In Khomasdal the family of the slain sisters, as well as curious residents, gathered along Moses Garoeb Street on Saturday, where the presidential couple consoled the family and the bereaved mother, Hilde Kuaseua. The president and his wife then walked through the bushy area to where the murder took place.

As the area is vast and belongs to a school, President Geingob proposed that the whole area be de-bushed as soon as possible, with more regular patrols by members of the police.

“We may first have to clear the area as a first action. I’ve been hearing about the crimes that are being committed [here]. I thought of talking to police officers, both from City Police and Nampol, to increase police patrols and possibly even the [presence of the] army. We cannot allow anybody to be slaughtered like this,” Geingob said.

They then proceeded to the Single Quarters in Katutura, where stabbings and theft from vehicles in the parking lots have become a daily occurrence.

President Geingob and First Lady Geingos also took a walk through various shebeens in the area and were astounded at the high volumes of beer consumed by revellers. The president also wanted to know why empty beer bottles are loosely discarded around the place or left lying on tables after consumption.

The hands-on approach of President Geingob to the problems facing the country will come as a welcome relief to many Windhoek residents, who have over the years been terrorised by the rise of opportunistic crime and the murder of innocent women, which has reached epidemic proportions in recent times.