OuKwanyama queen merciful of dumped babies

06 Sep 2015 12:10pm
OSHIKANGO, 06 SEP (NAMPA) – Queen Martha Mwadinomho waKristian yaNelumbu of OuKwanyama has reiterated her call for women in Namibia to refrain from dumping babies, but to hand them over at the OuKwanyama Palace.
She repeated her earlier request at the Oshikango village in the Ohangwena Region on Saturday when addressing villagers during her visit to the homestead of senior headman, Jerry Shilunga of the OuKwanyama Traditional Authority (OTA)’s Onamhinda District.
The OuKwanyama leader urged those mothers who do not want their babies to not feel scared to hand over such babies to her palace.
“You can just bring the baby safely to the palace unnoticed, instead of dumping the child in the field to suffer dangers alone,” yaNelumbu advised.
She also encouraged her subjects to maintain peace in the country and in families, saying peaceful families lead to a prosperous nation.
“Breaking up families is disturbing and is destructive to national development,” the queen noted, adding that development of the country is achievable only when citizens live in peace among one another.
She wants to see all those who are entrusted with public offices to always ensure friendly service to clients.
Yanelumbu singled out nurses and members of the drought relief committees, urging them to serve community members who might be vulnerable and disadvantaged as a result of the looming drought situation, with passion and not to discriminate against anyone.
Her visit to Oshikango was part of the OTA’s endeavour to mobilise its communities to raise funds for the envisaged construction of a museum at the palace, estimated to cost N.dollars 17 million.
The museum will be named after Mandume yaNdemufayo, the late king of OuKwanyama, and it will be showcasing traditional items like the tribe’s firestone. This ritual stone is believed to hold the power of the tribe.