28 Aug 2014 08:30am
NDAMA, 28 AUG (NAMPA) - Residents of Rundu in the Kavango East Region held a peaceful demonstration here on Monday to express concern about the brutal murders perpetrated against women and children in Namibia.
The demonstration was sparked particularly by the rape and brutal killing of a 29 year-old woman at Ndama informal settlement on the outskirts of Rundu along the Trans-Zambezi highway last Thursday.
The body of rape and murdered victim Mbunze Nseu was discovered by her friend early the next day (Friday) in a pool of blood in her shack.
Her attacker is suspected to have used an unidentified sharp object to commit the crime.
Rundu residents, mostly women clad in black and red dresses, took part in the peaceful march, walking all the way to Nseus shack. They held a prayer session there, praying for an end to gender-based violence in Namibia.
The residents also issued a plea to the judiciary not to grant bail to murderers of women and children.
Rundu resident Rachel Nathaniel said women are now living in fear even in their own houses, and she called on all men to respect their women and to help put an end to these killings.
Kapako Constituency Councillor Frieda Siwombe called on the residents of Rundu town to report any incident of unbecoming behaviours to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on time and not to harbour criminals.
Nseu is the third person murdered at Rundu in the last two months.
In July this year, a 35-year-old woman and her son were murdered with a sharp object at Masivi village, some 10 kilometres south of Rundu in the Kavango West Region.
Earlier this month, a Chinese national was also brutally killed at his residence at the newly created Rundu Rainbow village. The 57-year-old victim, Gao Li, was found dead and tied-up in his bathroom after the suspected gang of robbers forced their way into his house by cutting the burglar bars of the bathroom window.