Geingob sends condolences to shooting victim's family

29 Jan 2019 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 29 (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob on Tuesday sent his condolences to the family of Sarah Mwilima, an employee of the Ministry of Health and Social Services who was shot and murdered while on duty in the capital on Monday.
Mwilima, 58, was a management unit director at the Global Fund under the Ministry of Health and Social Services and was shot along with her colleague, Ester Nepolo, who is currently recovering at Lady Pohamba Private Hospital to where she was transferred from the Roman Catholic Private Hospital.
“What happened is sad. It is the first time such a thing happens. We need to control our frustrations when differences occurs,” said Geingob during a meeting with City of Windhoek’s councillors here Tuesday.
The Head of State urged Namibians to plan and prepare for their retirement, so that when contracts come to an end they are equipped.
Geingob’s call comes after it is alleged that the 33-year-old suspect’s motive for the shooting was that he was informed that his contract, which expires in March this year, would not be renewed due to a lack of funds.
The suspect who worked as a monitoring and evaluation officer at the Global Fund’s programme management unit is expected to appear in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Speaking at the same event, Vice President Nangolo Mbumba described the shooting incident as a shame to all Namibian men, adding that Namibia is losing women on a daily basis at the hands of men.
“Men in Namibia are always the ones holding guns, knives and pangas, leading to the killings [of] women,” he stressed.
He noted that the incident is a shame to Namibia as it took place in a building, the City Centre Building, that government gave international financing from Global Fund to be managed, yet it was not safe.
The Global Fund is an international financing organisation which provides additional resources for the fight against HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria around the world, including Namibia.