City of Windhoek and MTC join forces to fight crime

Martin Endjala

The City of Windhoek and MTC have cemented a strategic partnership aimed at deploying cutting-edge technology to assist the Windhoek City Police in preventing crime.

The agreement was signed on Tuesday.

MTC pledged its support for the city police by procuring Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and supporting equipment as well as assisting with the installation thereof.

MTC managing director, Licky Erastus emphasised the role of technology in addressing societal challenges and advancing national development agendas.

“The challenges that face society today require smart partnerships, the embrace of relevant technologies, and innovative approaches to solving them. Crime affects all of us, and it requires a joint approach to meaningfully curb it. We need to tackle it from all fronts with collective combat,” he said.

Erastus explained that the partnership will not only focus on enhancing law enforcement capabilities but also aims to improve connectivity for Windhoek residents.

“Through the streamlined approval for new connectivity site acquisitions to expand the network coverage within the boundaries of the capital city. It will also serve as a framework to support the smart city concepts including enhanced service delivery, processes, and system efficiency, better access to and management of information are central,” he said.

The City of Windhoek’s chief executive officer, Moses Matyayi said the partnership is a testament to the power of collaboration between the public and private sectors.

“These CCTV cameras will be strategically positioned across key areas of Windhoek, and they will play a pivotal role in deterring criminal activities and fostering a safer environment for all residents,” said Matyayi.

The mayor of Windhoek, Queen Kamati, lauded MTC for being at the forefront of Namibia’s digital transformation and commended them for their innovation.

The chief of the City Police, Leevi Ileka said the agreement aligns with the city’s vision of becoming a smart city by 2027, where more than 2,000 CCTV cameras will cover various areas of the capital city.

“This win-win partnership signifies more than just a material offering, which will double the already existing number of cameras. It symbolises a shared commitment to safeguarding our neighbourhoods and fostering trust within the community while empowering our officers through more extensive coverage of the area to be patrolled,” he said.


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