Sioka urges couples to seek marriage counselling

29 Oct 2017 15:30pm
RUNDU, 29 OCT (NAMPA) – Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka has asked couples to seek marriage and family counselling before getting married owing to the many challenges that this institution offers.
In a statement issued here on Sunday, Sioka made the remarks at the launch of the Namibia Marriage Council (NMC) in the same town on Friday.
NMC is aimed at empowering, equipping and advocating for the welfare of couples and those in courtship by building a “godly marriage” founded on the principles of the word of God.
“All of us desire a fulfilling, healthy and loving family, but at times that goal can be difficult to achieve. It is advisable to go for pre-and post marriage counselling to equip yourselves with the knowledge and skills needed,” she said.
Counselling, Sioka said, is one way that would solve problems in relationships and families in an amicable way without resorting to violence.
There is need to live in a happy and harmonious environment guided by principles of effective communication, forgiveness, trustworthiness, patience, hope, respect and love.
The country, Sioka noted, should also develop courses on relationships if they are not already out there.
“I know there are institutions out there with knowledge and skills to train others in conflict management and behavioural change when it comes to relationships,” she indicated.
She further called on families and churches to work together and have robust youth programmes to instil discipline and respect for self and others within the community.
Meanwhile, the minister promised to brief Cabinet on Tuesday on the formation of the council.
Friday’s launch was attended by Member of Parliament, Petrina Haingura, Councillor of Rundu Urban Constituency, Victoria Kauma and the founding chairperson of NMC, Paulus Hawanga.