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By: Josia Shigwedha

Windhoek City Police’s head of victim subsection, Superintendent Cesilie Bibby Kolokwe, says the number of cases where fathers are denied access to their children is on the increase. Kolokwe, a seasoned police officer, encouraged fathers to speak out and seek assistance, emphasising that a child deserves both parents’ love and support.

According to Kolokwe, they have been attending to about four cases per week. She said the fathers started speaking out and seeking help through City Police community policing. She added that even when a child gets financial support from the father, some mothers use this as a way to punish the father after a break-up. In addition, Kolokwe added that this causes children, especially boys, to become bullies and school drop-outs.