No alcohol on national day of prayer: MICT

04 Mar 2014 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 04 (NAMPA) – The sale of alcohol will not be allowed anywhere in the country on Thursday, when a national day of prayer on gender-based violence (GBV) will take place.
The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) said in a media statement on Tuesday all liquor outlets must close for the day.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba declared 06 March a national day of prayer last month, when he addressed Cabinet on GBV.
Namibian has seen an alarming increase in GBV incidences in which women have lost their lives to their partners.
The statement said in the past few months there has been an increase in such incidents, including murder and rape, and Government decided to declare a national day of prayer to ask for divine intervention on GBV in Namibia.
In the latest incident on Monday night, a 22-year-old woman died in Windhoek after her boyfriend allegedly stabbed her multiple times all over her body and head.
The statement said all religious denominations throughout the country are invited to take part in the prayer day.
The day of prayer will be observed in all 14 regions across the country, with all regional offices expected to host an event similar to the one in Windhoek.
In Windhoek, the event will take place at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, starting at 10h00. President Pohamba is expected to address the event.
The ministry has also requested that all church and mosque bells be rung at 13h00 as the nation observes a minute of silence.
Employers have been requested to release their employees to attend the prayer events.