Unam-ELCIN Society condemns GBV

24 Feb 2014 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 24 FEB (NAMPA) - The University of Namibia (Unam)’s ELCIN Society has condemned the spiralling violence against women, saying the nation needs to come together and pray against the ‘evil’ spirit which has attacked the nation.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) members at Unam on Sunday orchestrated a moment of silence and prayer during their church service which they normally host at the institution’s main campus on Sundays.
Prayer co-ordinator of the Society, Namwapo Aindaka told Nampa on the sidelines of the service that as a Christian nation, Namibians should persist in prayers.
“The thing is that people forsake their first love (Christ), and it is why passion killings are on the increase. People do not know and are not experiencing the love of God, and thus Christians should reach out more,” he urged.
Another student who asked to remain anonymous said the answer to the killing of women lies with God.
“We cannot just be blaming men for the things they are doing. We need to pray as a nation, and this is our time to reason with God and talk to him as a nation,” said the female student.
She, however, does not support the idea of the Swapo-Party Youth League’s Secretary-General Dr Elijah Ngurare, who earlier this month appealed to Government to consider reintroducing the death penalty.
“If we call ourselves a 99 per cent Christian nation and we want the death penalty back, then what does that say about our country?” she questioned.
She further stated that the death penalty is not going to solve anything, but will just leave the nation “still crying”.
On Saturday, yet another woman was killed by her lover.
The 32-year-old Motswana woman was stabbed to death by her former lover on Saturday afternoon at the United Lutheran Theological Seminary’s Paulinum Campus in Windhoek's Pionierspark Extension 1 residential area.
This death brings the number of women killed to six in just three weeks.