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Kazungula Police have raised concern about escalating cases of Crime, Gender Based Violence (GBV) and road accidents in their policing area.
It is reported that from the beginning of January up to date three murder cases, six rapes cases, six defilement cases, two robbery cases, nine house breaking cases and 18 theft cases have been recorded in Kazungula. Regarding GBV, 162 cases have already been recorded from January up to date compared to the 160 cases that were recorded in 2022 same period. The village has so far recorded 72 road accidents resulting in two fatalities while in 2022, 95 road accidents were recorded resulting in five fatalities.
In an effort to raise awareness about these issues, Kazungula Police Crime Prevention Committee recently hosted a one-day Walk and Community Outreach to provide information on home security, GBV issues and best practices in fighting crime.
Speaking during the event, Kazungula Police Station Commander Superintendent Phetogo Phillimon said the issue of crime in Kazungula village calls for vigilance and for the community to work together towards a common goal more especially as the festive season approaches.
Phillimon said though crime is increasing in Kazungula they are trying by all means to come up with different initiatives to prevent it. According to him, since some of the offenders come from neighbouring countries they are working together with Zambian Police to fight cross border crimes.
In his remarks, Kazungula Police Station Gender and Child Protection Unit Investigator, Constable Ontibile Morwagolwane said that from their investigations the GBV issues in the village are mostly driven by cultural beliefs. He stated that men believes that marriage is a bride price hence they think that they have the power to control women.
Morwagolwane has urged men to change their mind set on the way they perceive women indicating that gender equality is very important in marriage. He is also concerned that women fail to report the issues of GBV fearing that they will lose men as family breadwinners.
For his part, Kazungula Police Traffic Sub Inspector Pogiso Keotshabe said that road accidents are a serious concern in Kazungula especially towards the festive season. He urged drivers to be vigilant, take rests and avoid alcohol abuse more especially as the festive season approaches.
Keotshabe stated that some of the contributing factors to road accidents in the village include wild animals, drunken driving, over speeding, reckless driving and unlicensed driving.