Northern traditional authorities tackle killing of women

28 Feb 2014 17:40pm
ONGWEDIVA, 27 FEB (NAMPA) – Leaders of eight traditional authorities in northern Namibia on Thursday gathered at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region to deliberate on the killing of women in the country.
Chief Herman Iipumbu of Uukwambi, who chaired the meeting, said in his opening remarks that traditional leaders are seriously disturbed by increasing cases of women being killed by their partners.
“Hence, our decision to come here today is for us to deliberate and share ideas on what advice we, as traditional leaders, would provide towards the mitigation of cruel killings of women in Namibia,” he stated.
Iipumbu expressed disappointment that men have now turned violent towards their female counterparts.
He said the traditional custom of sitting around the fire and discussing ‘burning’ issues need to be re-introduced, and such come-togethers should be used to inform young men to respect women.
Oshana regional governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa also addressed the same meeting, and commended the traditional leaders for continuing to cooperate with Government on service delivery to the communities in the country.
He said the traditional authorities have been assisting the government in the distribution of drought relief supplies by identifying vulnerable households since last year.
Representatives from the Oukwanyama, Ondonga, Uukwambi, Ongandjera, Uukwaluudhi, Ombalantu, Uukolonkadhi and Ombadja traditional authorities attended the meeting.