Geingob denounces violence against women

15 Feb 2014 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 15 FEB (NAMPA) - Prime Minister Hage Geingob on Saturday condemned recent incidences of gender-based violence in which three women lost their lives.
Geingob addressed the matter at a meeting attended by the entire Swapo-Party leadership, as well as by some members and supporters from the Khomas Region, at the Katutura Community Hall in Windhoek.
The 28-year-old Helena Shivute was hacked to death by her boyfriend in the Omusati Region’s Otamanzi Constituency on Thursday evening.
This is the third incident of passion killing taking place in northern Namibia within a period of two weeks, following the decapitation of Mirjam Tuyakula Nandjato, 24, by her boyfriend at Oshakati on 04 February 2014; and the death of the 30-year-old Martha Dishena. Dishena was stabbed to death by her boyfriend at Oshihau village in the Onesi Constituency on 31 January this year.
“The ongoing brutal killing of women and girls must come to end. Namibian men are completely sick in their minds. We must make sure that proper powers are given to women and girls. Something must be done now in order to protect women and girls from further attacks and killings,” Geingob told a packed Katutura Community Hall.
The Premier described all men who commit violent crimes against their female counterparts as “cowards”.
“You are cowards. How on earth are you beating and killing innocent and defenceless women and girls?” he said.
He then called upon the entire Namibian society to see to it that all men who subject women to violence are isolated and properly punished for their deeds.
Turning to politics, Geingob urged everyone in the Swapo-Party leadership all over the country to pay more attention to service delivery to the communities in their respective areas.
“We as Swapo-Party leaders must now pay more attention to the delivery of services to our people,” stated Geingob.
He then appealed to the leadership responsible for the Khomas Region to make sure that all people residing in their areas are registered as voters in order to take part in the Presidential and National Assembly elections slated for November 2014.