Commemoration of Day of African Child at Children’s Home poorly attended

WINDHOEK: The commemoration of the Day of the African Child at the Namibia Children’s Home in Windhoek on Saturday was poorly attended.

The day commemorates the rights of Namibian children, and is observed on 28 September every year.

This year’s theme was ‘Child-friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa’.

Speaking during the commemoration in the half-full hall at the children’s home, the Deputy Speaker of the Children’s Parliament, Shaandre Finnies said the day has lost its relevance within Namibian society, adding that it is not valued as it should be after 24 years of independence.

Speaking about the Child Care and Protection Bill (CCPB) that was tabled in Parliament last week, and which will be debated tomorrow, Finnies said he cannot imagine that there is any political party that does not know how important this Bill is.

His concern is not the Bill being debated, it is the Bill’s implementation, noting that Government has numerous policies, but the implementation has always been an issue, and he would like to see proper implementation of the Child Care and Protection Bill across the board.

The Child Care and Protection Bill amongst others aims to address issues pertaining to children’s social grants, protective measures, child trafficking, the domestic adoption of children, foster care and custody and guardianship upon the death of a person who has guardianship over the child.

WALVIS BAY: Three men wearing police uniforms robbed the Nando’s restaurant here of N.dollars 40 440 yesterday morning.

The Namibian Police Force’s Detective Inspector in Walvis Bay, John Mwatongwe told Nampa today that the restaurant manager said the suspects approached him as uniformed police officers, but then pointed a gun at his face, handcuffed him and demanded money.

It is not clear whether other Nando’s employees witnessed the robbery.

In a separate incident, Mwatongwe released the names of three people who died in a motor-vehicle accident between Henties Bay and Swakopmund on Saturday evening.

They are Josef Elifas, 29, Stephanus Haufiku, 39, and Thomas Angombe, 51.

The trio died in a head-on collision between a taxi and a pick-up vehicle.

10 other people survived the accident with serious injuries, and are now receiving treatment in Swakopmund and Windhoek, respectively.