‘Police work with criminals’ – Okandjengeni residents
Residents of Okandjengeni South in Oshakati had numerous complaints for the police and pleaded for better assistance.
10 May 2021 | Local News
The Oshakati town council held a public meeting for the residents of Okandjengeni South in Oshakati and residents came out guns blazing with complaints to the police.
“Every week, a house in this location is broken into. We know these criminals as they live amongst us, but we live in fear, because the police are working together with these criminals,” charged one of the residents.
He also complained about an abandoned house in Okandjengeni South that is allegedly home to a number of criminals who rob residents at knifepoint.
Another resident complained that the police do not care about them.
“Each time we call the police for assistance, they always ask us why is it always us in Okandjengeni South that are always having problems. How do you expect us to have faith in the police if they do not have the willingness to assist us?” he said.
The residents also claimed that police officers never assist them because “they do not have enough cars”.
The area is rife with housebreakings and petty crimes such as pickpocketing and there have also been some recorded cases of sexual assault and rape.
Inspector Thomas Aiyambo responded to the complaints and blamed alcohol and drug abuse within the community.
“When we arrest these people, it is very common of them to appear in court and they do not remember anything they did the night before,” he said.
He pleaded with the community to stop sending their children to buy them tombo and allow them to focus on their schoolwork.
He also encouraged the community to establish a neighbourhood watch and to cooperate with the police.