Hundreds attend anti-GBV march

07 Sep 2018 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 07 SEP (NAMPA) – Close to 500 people took part in a march against gender-based violence (GBV) in the capital on Friday.
They marched from the Commando Hall in Clemence Kapuuo Street to Shanghai Street, then to Staanvas location, where the remains of the late nine-year-old Cheryl Avihe Ujaha were discovered on 28 August.
The march was attended by various members of society and non-governmental organisations. Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua, Khomas Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua and Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero and various permanent secretaries also attended the event.
Some of the marchers’ placards displayed messages denouncing gender-based violence, such as ‘leave our children alone’, ‘justice for our children’, ‘stop GBV’ and ‘our children are our future, please protect them’.
Several schools including the Gammams Primary School - where she was a learner - and the University of Namibia sent students to the anti-GBV march.
A wreath was laid and a candle lit at the exact spot where the lifeless body of Ujaha was found by a passer-by in Khomasdal.
The marchers then proceeded to Katutura Youth Complex, where an official programme was expected to take place.
The Namibian Police are yet to arrest a suspect in connection with the brutal murder and on Wednesday appealed for anyone with information on the matter to contact them.
They have offered a reward of N.dollars 100 000 for any information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator of the crime.
Ujaha will be laid to rest on Saturday at the Gammams Cemetery in Pionierspark.