Oshana youth with disabilities protest against alleged murders

15 May 2014 13:30pm
OSHAKATI, 15 MAY (NAMPA) – Members of the Namibia Organisation of Youth with Disabilities (NOYD) and National Young Women Association (NYWA) on Wednesday condemned the alleged murder of a disabled young woman at Ongwediva.
Members of the two organisations staged a peaceful demonstration at Oshakati in the Oshana Region against the killing of the young woman, allegedly by her biological mother at Ongwediva last weekend.
The teacher from Ongwediva, who is yet to appear in court, allegedly killed her 26-year-old daughter and burned her remains to ashes.
The deceased has been identified as Magdalena Amunyoko. The teacher, 49, remains admitted to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital where she is undergoing medical observation to determine if she is mentally fit for prosecution since her arrest on Saturday.
The two groups also spoke out against 'passion' killing.
“The NOYD and NYWA condemn brutal and passion killing in Namibia. It is an inexcusable, unacceptable and just plain barbaric manner in which the lives of people with disabilities and young women are taken,” read the petition.
They further stated that people with disabilities are tired of the brutal killings that are taking its toll on Namibia, and demanded that Government come up with a harsh law to punishment murderers.
“Stop passion killing. We need peace, we need freedom and we need life,” the protesting members of the young women's association and people living with disabilities said.
Representatives of the NOYD and NYWA handed over their petition at the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court at the end of their street march late on Wednesday afternoon.