Retired Anglican Bishop condemns shebeen operations

14 Nov 2018 15:40pm
OIDIVA, 14 NOV (NAMPA) – Retired Anglican Bishop Hidulika Hilukiluah has slammed the shebeen business and labelled it the source of increasing domestic and gender-based violence in Namibia.
Hilukiluah did so while speaking at the official inauguration of the Oidiva Anglican Church building at Ongwediva on Sunday.
He was accompanied by retired Anglican Church Bishop Shihala Hamupembe and Canon Nangula Kathindi, also of the Anglican Church.
“The killing and raping of women and children are mostly committed by men who come from the shebeens after taking in alcohol and becoming intoxicated,” said Hilukiluah.
He proposed the limiting of shebeens, if complete closing down is not possible, before the situation gets out of hand.
Hilukiluah further mentioned women attending church services in large numbers and at the same time, appealed to men to follow suit.
The Oidiva Anglican Church was established in 1969 and was commonly known as ‘Okangeleka kaShiteni’, named after the late Oidiva village headman and one of the founders of the congregation, Benjamin Shiteni.
Since its establishment, the church followers have been gathering in a small building constructed with traditional bricks until 2012/13, when construction of a modern church building started with contributions from the members.
Though the building is incomplete, it was officially inaugurated as members are already utilising it for church services.