Mutjavikua Says Not All Namibian Men Abusive

ERONGO governor Cleophas Mutjavikua on Friday defended Namibia’s image by explaining that not all Namibian men are abusive and rude towards women.

He said this while welcoming a delegation of female members of parliament (MPs) from Uganda, who paid a courtesy visit.

“I assure you it is not typical of Namibian men to do such things. There are those who might misbehave, but that is not how all of us are. As a government representative in the region, I can state that we do not condone such behaviour. Our government is very serious about gender equality and human rights,” Mutjavikua said.

According to an article in the Namibian Sun on Friday, a senior government official allegedly hit a female Ugandan parliamentarian with his cane and called her delegation “prostitutes” at a hotel in Windhoek. The daily reported that Mvula ya Nangolo, the special aiser to the minister of Information and Communication Technology, Joel Kaapanda, accused the parliamentarian and her delegation of prostitution at the Safari Hotel on Tuesday.

On her part, Ugandan MP Florence Kintu, said such things can easily ruin the good relationship between Namibia and Uganda. Kintu, who preferred not to comment further on the alleged incident, noted that unlike here, there is no 5050 gender representation in the political leadership positions of Uganda.

“We do not have it yet, but we are busy lobbying for 5050 gender representation at home,” she told Nampa. National Council deputy chairperson Margaret Mensah-Williams, who accompanied the delegation to Erongo, said the MPs are in Namibia to learn more about gender equality, women’s empowerment and other gender-related policies.

Mensah-Williams said the delegation met with the Swapo-Party Women’s Council, Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Rosalia Nghidinwa, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, in Windhoek.

“We learned a lot from them, and from now on we will strengthen our ties even more,” Mensah-Williams said.

The group of eight MPs from Uganda’s ruling party, the National Resistance Movement, arrived in Namibia on Monday and returned on Saturday.


Source : The Namibian