PM calls on TAs to assist in efforts against GBV

05 Aug 2019 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 05 AUG (NAMPA) – Traditional leaders as custodians of cultures and traditions of traditional communities must work hand in hand with the government to curb the evil practices of gender-based violence (GBV).
This call was made by Prime Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila on Sunday while addressing the 2019 Batshara annual cultural festival at Sangwali in the Lyamboloma Constituency of the Zambezi Region.
She explained: “The incidences of GBV perpetrated against mainly women and the girl child must be condemned by all of us and is a duty for every Namibian to value others and to protect their counterparts.”
The premier further urged traditional authorities (TAs) to continue supporting government efforts of ensuring that all children do attend school and obtain skills, which can be used to develop the communities.
She said the country is experiencing skills shortages in the rural communities, adding that the government has committed to expand vocational and technical institutions across all regions.
“Coupled with that, Government offers universal education from Grade 1 to 12 and provide financial support to our youth to acquire tertiary education at higher education institutions,” she noted.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila further said it is disheartening to see members of society left to destitution and deprived of social support and therefore called on TAs to help identify such needy and destitute people and report them to regional councillors to obtain national identification documents needed to qualify for social benefits.
“Government shall continue to strengthen its cooperation with traditional authorities and grassroots communities as it strives to ensure that development in Namibia translates into improved welfare conditions for all its people,” she said.