AME Women’s Missionary Society condemns Ujaha murder

31 Aug 2018 17:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 31 AUG (NAMPA) – The Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) under the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church on Friday condemned the brutal killing of nine-year-old Cheryl Avihe Ujaha.
Ujaha was reported missing over the weekend before her mutilated body was found discarded in a riverbed near Staanvas circle in Khomasdal on Tuesday.
Addressing the 64th annual WMS conference at Keetmanshoop, Irene Daniels expressed concern that crime against women and children have been on the rise and that children have been falling victim to horrible crimes such as rape and murder.
“In solidarity with the government, the WMS join all key stakeholders and society to condemn this brutal act and the increasing incidences of violence against women and children,” she said.
Daniels added that the need to strengthen the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) cannot be overemphasised, requiring new and innovative measures including male involvement.
She thus called on the government to declare war against crime and strengthen the protection of women and children through appropriate laws and policies.
“We call upon the judicial system to enforce tougher punishment in order to stop such uncivilised criminal actions immediately,” Daniels continued.
WMS of the AME Church promotes zero tolerance of violence against women and children and call for the elimination of all forms of GBV in all spheres of society, she made clear.
In conclusion, the church and the women’s group extended their sincere condolences to the parents, siblings and entire extended family of Ujaha.
No suspect has been arrested yet in connection with the girl’s death and police investigations continue.
The WMS conference commenced on Wednesday and ends on Sunday.