Omusati community demonstrates against "passion killings"

25 Sep 2013 05:10
OUTAPI, 25 SEP (NAMPA) – A peaceful demonstration, under the umbrella of the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (NANTU), was held at Outapi town in the Omusati Region late on Tuesday to express dismay, anger, shock and frustration over ‘passion killings’.
The demonstration was sparked by reports about the brutal murder of a 30-year-old female teacher from Omuulukila Combined School (CS) near Outapi. The teacher, Vistorina Nandjamba Amunyela, was allegedly killed by her soldier lover at that town on Thursday last week.
The 33-year-old Namibian Defence Force (NDF) soldier Petrus Kashimba, who was a member of the Navy wing of the NDF in the Erongo Region, apparently also shot himself dead immediately after shooting Amunyela dead inside her rented room.
School teachers and pupils from Omuulukila CS, as well as members of the community, started their march from a big Baobab tree next to the Outapi Town’s National Housing Enterprise (NHE) houses where the late Amunyela was renting the room.
The demonstrators marched for about three kilometres to the office of Regional Governor Sophia Shaningwa, where Shaningwa’s special advisor Reverend Fillipus Kashima received their petition on behalf of the governor.
Gender Co-ordinator of NANTU in the Omusati Region, Loide Aupokolo read the demonstrators’ petition before handing it over to Kashima in front of the office complex of the Omusati Regional Council on Tuesday afternoon.
“As teachers and mothers of all professions, parents, learners and members of the community, we are shocked still to see people around us in an independent Namibia with un-progressive minds, low self-esteem, ignorance and inhumane behaviour in our society,” Aupokolo stated, reading the petition.
She pointed out that NANTU strongly condemns the barbaric action which brutally and inhumanely ended the life of a NANTU member, an educator and a beloved mother.
“Comrade Vistorina moulded the Namibian child, she prepared the Namibian child towards Vision 2030 as a progressive and responsible citizen,” Aupokolo said before she presented the demonstrators’ petition to the Office of the Omusati regional Council.
The demonstrators demanded an amendment of the laws dealing currently with the so-called ‘passion killings’ so as to ensure the application of stiffer punitive measures against such offenders. They further called on the Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) and all media institutions to educate people on gender issues.
They also called on the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare to spearhead a research programme which will study and find out the real causes of gender or domestic violence in the country.
The petition was addressed to the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) and media houses.
Kashima promised the demonstrators that he will immediately pass the petition to Shaningwa who would then forward it to the relevant government ministries.