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Namibian artists launch crime fighting network

Inspector-General of the Namibian police, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga (Photograph by Melba Chipepo).

Inspector-General of the Namibian police, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga (Photograph by Melba Chipepo).

Namibian Artists this week launched the Namibian Musicians Against Crime Network to help police officers in the country combat the escalating crime rate. The artists have also joined crime fighting networks such as the Mandume Ndemufawo Women and Men Network against crime, the Cultural group for Women and Men against crime, and the Khomas Region Voluntary Crime fighters. Singer and song writer Lady May said “We as artists cannot sit back and just wait on the police to fight crime. As artists we also have to do our part because crime is like a disease it might not end up having a cure if we sit back and do nothing about it.”
Namibian Artist of the year 2013 winner, Mushe and Most Disciplined artist of the year 2011 Uno Boy said they will help to spread the message against crime through their music which is targeted at the youth of Namibia who are the country’s future leaders.
Atousa Chairperson of the of the Brakwater Neighbourhood watch urged the artists to be part of a crime fighting network. “Musicians be part of your nation and help fight crime by joining a neighbourhood watch. We must not only fight crime in our music but also in our deeds so therefore we must emulate what our music says.”
Also speaking at the launch Inspector-General of the Namibian police, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said Namibian artists need to think about what they can do as artists to combat the issue of crime in the country. He also urged the artists not be part of the problem but the solution. “We should emulate the message we are trying to put across in our music. We must work hard to get rid or these ‘viruses’  in the society. If we are lazy as a society we will not progress.” The musicians against crime network is a brainchild of warrant officer Christina Fonsech.

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