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The Minister of Safety and Security said his ministry is worrisome of the trends posed by the increase of criminal incidences, which are currently bringing fear and insecurity amongst the country's law-abiding citizens.

Immanuel Ngatjizeko further said the increase of criminal incidences may also create an unfavourable situation for both local and foreign investors who want to invest their money for the country's socio-economic development.

The Minister said this on Tuesday in the National Assembly (NA) in his motivation speech of his Ministry's Vote 06 of the operations of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol).

'Namibia has been privileged over the 23 years to enjoy peace and stability and the rule of law. However, there are now worrisome trends posed by the incidences of murder, theft, robbery, domestic violence, drug trafficking, rape, fraud and cyber crimes, just to mention a few. The commission of such crime do not only bring fear amidst the law-abiding citizens, but also create an unfavourable situation for both local and foreign investors who may perceive our environment not to be conducive for the investment of their money, ' Ngatjizeko told fellow parliamentarians.

The Minister is therefore calling upon all law-abiding Namibians, church leaders, traditional authorities, schools principals and his fellow law-makers to render the needed assistance to the country's law-enforcement agencies in their efforts to fight crimes in the country.

'The daily engagement of the church and traditional leaders, villagers, students and the electorates should always serve as avenues for creating awareness for the rule of law and good behaviours amongst our people, ' stated Ngatjizeko.

He explained that his call for assistance in the fight against crimes should not be construed as a failure on the part of NamPol and other law-enforcement units, but should rather be considered as shared responsibilities amongst the general public towards the maintenance of law and order and 'the combating of all the evil deeds in our society.'

'My concern is mainly on the incidences of gender-based and domestic violence which are carried out within the confines of our houses, because it is only possible for the members of NamPol to intervene if the members of the public relay information to them (Police) that in a given house or school exist a problem of gender-related or domestic violence. Therefore, the onus is upon all of us to bring to an end the scourge of senseless killings of mothers, daughters, children and sisters by some men who turned themselves into killing machines, ' stressed Ngatjizeko.

The Safety and Security Ministry's total allocation of Vote 06 on the operations of NamPol is amounting to a total of N.dollars 3 227 423.000 (three billion, two hundred and twenty seven million, four hundred and twenty three thousand N.dollars).

(edited)WINDHOEK: The Minister of Safety and Security says his ministry is worried about the threats posed by the increase of criminal incidences which are causing fear and insecurity amongst Namibia’s law-abiding citizens.

Minister Immanuel Ngatjizeko said this in the National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday while motivating the Safety and Security Ministry's allocation of N.dollars 3 227 423 000 to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s operations for the 2013/2014 financial year.

He said the increase in criminal incidences might also create an unfavourable situation for both local and foreign investors who want to invest their money in the country's socio-economic development.

“Namibia has been privileged over the past 23 years to enjoy peace and stability and the rule of law. However, there are now worrisome trends posed by incidences of murder, theft, robbery, domestic violence, drug trafficking, rape, and fraud and cyber crimes, just to mention a few. The commission of such crime not only brings fear amidst law-abiding citizens, but also creates an unfavourable situation for both local and foreign investors who may perceive our environment as not being conducive for the investment of their money,” Ngatjizeko stated.

He therefore called upon all law-abiding Namibians, church leaders, traditional authorities, schools principals and his fellow law-makers to render the needed assistance to the country's law-enforcement agencies in their efforts to fight crime in the country.

“The daily engagement of the church and traditional leaders, villagers, students and the electorates should always serve as avenues for creating awareness for the rule of law and good behaviours amongst our people,” he noted.

Ngatjizeko explained that his call for assistance in the fight against crime should not be construed as a failure on the part of NamPol and other law-enforcement units, but should rather be considered as a shared responsibility amongst the general public towards the maintenance of law and order and “the combating of all evil deeds in our society”.

“My concern is mainly on the incidences of gender-based and domestic violence which are carried out within the confines of our houses, because it is only possible for the members of NamPol to intervene if members of the public relay information to them that in a given house or school exists a problem of gender-related or domestic violence. Therefore, the onus is upon all of us to bring to an end the scourge of senseless killings of mothers, daughters, children and sisters by some men who have turned themselves into killing machines,” he stressed.

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