RDP Youth League condemns toddler's death

30 Jan 2014 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 30 JAN (NAMPA) – The Rally for Democracy and Progress Youth League (RDPYL) has joined the rest of the country in condemning the murder of a four-year-old boy in the Wanaheda Police Station holding cells.
A fight between two female inmates – one of them the boy’s mother – led to the death of Fortuna Tenete last Thursday.
Tenete died after Loise Kaambu allegedly smashed his head against the cell floor as revenge for a fight she had had with his mother, Kaarina Mateus.
Kaambu appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on a charge of murder on Monday, and her case was remanded until 05 March this year, pending further police investigations into the matter and for her to obtain a response from the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid on her application for a State-sponsored defence lawyer.
She remains in police custody with no option to option bail.
In a media statement issued on Thursday, RDP Youth League Secretary-General Monica Nambelela questioned how the police can allow children to be exposed to such violent environments.
“It is a well-known fact that no child deserves to be behind bars as it is not the ideal environment for any child to experience,” the statement read.
The youth league is now demanding that all those involved in the “bureaucratic negligence” which led to a child losing his life in the care of police officers, be brought to book.
The RDP Youth League further described the event as unacceptable, saying it endangers the safety of Namibian children.
“The nation needs clarity pertaining to how many more children in all the regions are behind bars with their mothers and how long some of those children have been in custody,” the statement said.
The youth league then called on the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare to table the long overdue Draft of the Child Justice Bill which they said will address critical issues such as the prevention of detention and prosecution of children under the age of 10 years, and allows for the separation of juveniles from adult detainees.