Mother’s Anguish Over Impregnated Teenager

THE mother of the 16-year-old school girl who was allegedly impregnated and threatened with a gun by an Oshikoto village headman says the issue distresses her.

The girl, who gave birth to a baby boy in June this year, told traditional leaders at Onamungundo palace this month that the headman threatened to shoot her if she told anyone that he was responsible for her pregnancy.

In an interview with The Namibian at her home at Oshikwiyu village this week, the 38-year-old single mother said she wanted her daughter to complete her school and become a career woman.

“I am still in shock. I cannot believe that my child was impregnated by a pensioner, who is way too old for her. I am not happy at all. This is so distressing. She is too young to be a mother. This whole thing is really giving me sleepless nights,” she said.

To worsen the matter, she said the 63-year-old headman denied responsibility when the family summoned him, although he gave the baby a name as per the Oshiwambo tradition and also gave the family N$200 to buy clothes for the baby.

According to the girl’s mother, the headman said he was just helping the family out as a respected community leader.

The mother said the family has since opened a case of rape against the headman at Ondangwa police.

The girl’s grandmother, however, gave a different version of the story, saying the girl apparently slept with a school boy from the neighbourhood just after she had given birth.

She said it was difficult to say if the girl was impregnated by the headman or by the boy.

“I am not affected by the incident at all. She is no longer my grandchild. She was not staying with me,” the grandmother said.

When The Namibian visited the Ondonga King’s palace yesterday, the headman, who doubles up as the palace secretary, was busy with his duties as usual as he was not stripped of his title as reported in the media.

The headman did not confirm or deny responsibility, telling The Namibian that the matter is now in the hands of his legal representative.

The King’s wife, Cecilia Elifas, yesterday said her husband was aware of the issue after the headman of Olukonda village, Petrus Awene, told him about it last week.

“We are all shocked to hear of a traditional leader impregnating a very small girl but investigations are continuing. It is really bad to hear of such things happening among the Ondonga society,” said Cecilia, adding that the King has promised to deal with the matter urgently.

The Namibian understands that on Monday, the headman was expected to appear before the King’s court but he allegedly ran away when he saw a group of villagers at the palace.

The headman also failed to attend a meeting that he was summoned to by the King last week.

Cecilia, however, said the King has scheduled another meeting with the headman, the girl’s family and the whole of Oshikwiyu village.

Some villagers from Oshikwiyu want the headman to be stripped of his title for setting a bad example among villagers.

Source : The Namibian