Mother blames police negligence for son’s murder

…Community accuses police of tribalism and negligence

• BY Wilhelmina Iimene

ERONGO Regional Police Commander, Niklaus Kupembona has defended against the notion that the Tutaleni and Kuisebmund Police Stations do not take Gender Based Violence seriously.

The two Police Stations came under fire from community members who also brought up allegations of tribalism against the stations.

“We are not tribal. That is why we have people of different ethnic groups and tribes working at the stations,” he told Confidente.

The regional commander told Confidente he had put up a team to investigate police negligence in relation to the cases of Wilfred Dantani Eises, who was allegedly murdered in Walvis Bay by his stepfather.

He said if evidence of negligence and if any of the members of the police force actually did not act in accordance with the Namibian Police rules, further steps would be taken against them.

“As in any organisation, the Namibian Police has procedures to follow when it comes to investigating such matters. Steps will be taken to understand what actually transpired because every story has two sides,” he said.

Asked what steps would be taken if they find fault in the handling of the matter, he said he could not disclose what measures would be adopted because the matter is an internal one.

The regional Commander said there are procedures for reporting Gender Based Violence cases which requires a victim to go straight to the Gender Based Violence Unit in the police force.

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