Botswana: Police Campaign Against Murder, Suicides

| July 27, 2016

Maun police are planning to embark on a public education campaign against murder and suicide incidents which are on the rise in the district.

The campaign is scheduled for the last week of August in Maun.

Maun station commander, Superintendent Peter Gochela said incidents of murder and suicides were worrisome in his policing area, hence they decided to organise a campaign which aims to create awareness and sensitise communities about the crime situation in their areas

He said the campaign would focus on the two issues, adding that passion killings involving young people were high in his area, adding that since the beginning of the year to date, they have recorded five so-called passion killings while last year they had nine cases.

"This statistics call for action as we are still left with some months to end the year and we have already recorded five incidents," he added.

Superintendent Gochela said they have held some prayers at the bus rank to register their concern regarding the escalating number of such incidents.

The police are working in collaboration with various organisations such as Women Against Rape (WAR), offices of the Members of Parliament and other stakeholders to ensure the success of the event.

Regarding rape incidents, Superintendent Gochela revealed that they have experienced a reduction since the night clubs in Maun were closed.

Maun had experienced an alarming rate of rape cases which law enforcement officers and some village leaders attributed to entertainment centres and late night church services.

He also noted that the two crimes were not committed in isolation, but with other incidents such as threats and assaults.

Superintendent Gochela complained that Maun had a lot of entertainment places some of which were closed in the early hours of the morning.

He pleaded with communities to cooperate in enhancing their protection against violent and serious crimes. He said the initiative needs their support as it would also benefit the country.

Source: Botswana Daily News.

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