14 Feb 2014 19:00

NamRights strongly condemns yet another gruesome and merciless murder of a woman in this country.

Human rights monitors in the Omusati Region this morning reported that yet another woman has been brutally murdered by her “lover” last night. The woman, whose identity is known but cannot be released for moral and ethical reasons, was allegedly axed to death at the village of Etilyasa. The village is situated some 12 kilometers south of Okahao, the second largest town in the Omusati Region. The woman’s killer hails from Olundjinda village, some 10 kilometers east of Okahao, human rights monitors said.


The news about this gruesome murder arrived less than a week following the burial of Mirjam Tuyakula Nandjato (24), who was barbarically murdered by her “lover” on February 5 2014 at Oshakati.


“We attribute this culture of violence to, among other things, the endemic structural violence which has been plaguing this country since independence. This structural violence can be traced to the fact that our national heroes are only or predominantly those leaders who have earned their heroism through acts of violence or through hate speech. As long as Namibian citizens are encouraged through inter alia violent public speeches to physically hurt their opponents, we must forget about the end to structural violence in this country. Our people are made to believe that violence is the only way to settle interpersonal disagreements. If you are encouraged to, for example, hate and kill your political opponents then you may as well use violence to settle any other interpersonal disagreements within our homes and or personal relationships, including our lovers!”, said NamRights executive director Phil ya Nangoloh this afternoon.


Namibia urgently needs a national healing process or a truth and reconciliation process which addresses the culture of structural violence which has characterized the struggle for liberation and or against such liberation. Namibia also needs to have institutions, such as churches, traditional authorities and others that are politically neutral and or impartial and that are capable of being perceived as such by the ordinary citizen.