Rampant robbers target youth

12 June 2019 | Crime

Learners being robbed in taxis, tertiary students being robbed of their valuables at gunpoint, and a lack of police visibility in communities are just some of the issues the African child goes through in Kavango East.

This is according to the Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) Kavango East regional executive, which along with various regional youth forums, has welcomed the ongoing crime-prevention activities happening under the banner of Operation Kalahari Desert.

Speaking during at joint media conference ahead of an International Day of the African Child commemoration on Friday, Nanso said African children living a crime-infested society need to be protected.

The main focus of Friday's event, which will take place in the Kavango East regional council auditorium, will be the security of the African child, more particular the girl child who is said to be more vulnerable in a crime-infested society.

Nanso said they support Operation Kalahari Desert due to the fact that it creates a safe environment for learners and students, who have been victims of crime over the years.

“If you look at Namcol students in Rundu, they attend classes up to probably 22:00 or 23:00, and after those classes they have to walk long distances while police officers are seated in their respective offices doing nothing.

“They are supposed to be patrolling that time to ensure that the learners and students reach their respective destinations safely,” Nanso Kavango East regional chairperson Pedro Muyo-yeta said. Nanso vice-president Bernard Kavau, who is the national leader assigned to Kavango East, also attended the media briefing. He said police presence is needed around schools and shopping malls.

“Basically what we are saying is that we are in support of Operation Kalahari Desert and we need more of them (officers) around schools and shopping malls,” Kavau said.

Making reference to what happened to nine-year-old Cheryl Avihe Ujaha, who was abducted in Windhoek last year, before her mutilated body was found days later, Kavau said much more needs to be done to protect the girl child in Namibia.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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