Govt thanks Namibians for response on prayer day

11 Mar 2014 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 11 MAR (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology has issued a statement thanking Namibians for their positive response to the President’s call for a national day of prayer against gender-based violence.
The day was observed all over the country last Thursday, and in Windhoek the main event was held at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura.
“The Government of the Republic of Namibia would like to thank all people of Namibia, particularly our religious leaders, for heeding the call of President Hifikepunye Pohamba to attend the national prayer day,” the statement issued on Monday read.
The statement quoted the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Joel Kaapanda as saying Namibians from all walks of life assembled in overwhelming numbers at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and other places across the country, to speak in one voice and denounced gender-based violence against women and children.
“In the spirit of unity and solidarity, the Namibian people spoke in one strong voice in a form of prayer and rejected, in the strongest terms, gender-based violence and sent a loud and clear message to both murderers and would-be murderers to stop forthwith the heinous crime which has sent shockwaves of terror and intimidation through our society,” Kaapanda said.
He further stated that the prayer day acted as a rallying point to unite Namibians across the social, religious and political spectrum and has set the tone for further public discourse on passion killing, adding that Government wishes to encourage public debate on gender-based violence at all levels of society.
“We must use all possible platforms to voice our strong opposition to the brutal killing of innocent Namibians, especially women and children,” the minister noted.