05 Mar 2014 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 05 MAR (NAMPA) Cabinet has given a directive for all Namibians to participate earnestly in the National Day of Prayer (Thursday) against the recent upsurge in the oft violent and cold-blooded murders of women by men.
Deputy Prime Minister, Marco Hausiku made this announcement in the National Assembly here on Wednesday, saying Cabinet has declared 06 March as a National Day of Prayer on gender-based violence (GBV) throughout Namibia.
All bells in the country should ring concurrently at 13h00 with the observance of a minute of silence in honour of all the women and girls who are victims of GBV, he said.
Hausiku further informed the legislators that President Hifikepunye Pohamba will address the nation at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura on Thursday on this worrisome issue.
At regional level, the Deputy Prime Minister said regional governors will deliver the president´s speech, and all regional programmes for the prayer events are to be obtained from the respective chief regional officers in each region.
All employers and their employees must attend the Prayer Day at their respective venues. Authorisation is granted to all staff members to attend the Prayer Day, which will start at 12h00 on Thursday, he urged.
He further explained that since Thursday is a working day, it is mandatory for all staff to attend the prayer session, with the exception of those who will be performing essential services.
Staff members are also expected to leave their duty stations at 10h00 and to be seated by 11h00.
All the liquor outlets should be closed and no alcohol is to be sold on the day. The Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force Sebastian Ndeitunga, the President of the Shebeen Association Veripi Kandenge and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) Tarah Shaanika have been informed to inform those businesses that are trading in liquor that they must be closed, the deputy prime minister indicated.
Hausiku further invited Members of Parliament (MPs) to attend the Prayer Day before stating that the National Assembly will still resume for business at 15h00 on Thursday, after the programme of the Prayer Day.