by Ndanki Kahuirika

SOME 37 gender-based violence cases have been reported in Windhoek since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, with alcohol abuse as the main contributing factor.

Robert Kahimise, the chief executive officer of the City of Windhoek, revealed this on Thursday at a press conference where he updated the media of the city’s efforts towards fighting Covid-19.

He said people are still using alcohol despite the state of emergency prohibiting the selling of alcohol. “Hence, we are issuing a general warning to perpetrators that the law will take its course,” he said.

Kahimise said the city authorities have also started to install water tanks in some areas of Windhoek.

“The process of installing water tanks has met challenges such as inaccessibility of some areas for placement and refilling of tanks. As a result, we are investigating the installation of standpipes where the pipeline network is close by for the areas with limited access,” he said.

So far the city has installed 18 tanks and the process continues.

Kahimise said the water is fit for consumption and deflated rumours that the water in the tanks is only meant for washing hands.

“The tankers ferrying water to refill the tanks are cleaned and disinfected according to the World Health Organisation regulations in order to prevent contamination of drinking water,” he said.

According to him, so far 760 of the 1 200 stand pipes have been opened at strategic points to give free water access to informal settlement residents.

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