By Hileni Nembwaya
PLANS are under way for the Ministry of Safety and Security to construct a correctional facility in the Omusati region this year.
Omusati Governor, Erginus Endjala announced that the project will cost taxpayers more than N$65 million.
“The Ministry of Safety and Security is constructing the correctional facilities in our region. The project is under way and in full swing. It will be constructed at more than N$65 million,” said Endjala.
Currently the Oluno prison at Ondangwa is the only facility that caters for Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Oshana regions and it is mostly overcrowded.
He further added that the same ministry is currently building a police station at Oshikuku with holding cells, accommodation and an office.
According to the crime statistics in the region provided by Endjala’s office, a total of 2 348 criminal cases were reported in 2015, with 1 208 reported so far this year.
A total number of 118 other cases such as hanging; drowning and suicide were also recorded.
“It is however noted that most of such cases are attributed to multi factors such as post trauma stress disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, low self-esteem, domestic violent relations and stress associated with diseases such as HIV/AIDS and other related ailments. However, there is an increase in theft of cellular phones and livestock,” noted Endjala.
Earlier this year, the Inspector General of the Namibian police Sebastian Ndeitunga announced that plans are underway to construct remand prisons in all 14 regions in order to ease the congestion in prisons and create space for trial awaiting suspects.
There are currently 13 correctional facilities in Namibia.
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