Namibians should refrain from violence: CCN

WINDHOEK: The Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) has condemned violence and called on churches to speak out against this type of behaviour which it says appears to be gaining ground in Namibian communities.

This was said by CCN president Reverend Eugene Beukes in his opening remarks during a meeting between a CCN delegation and President Hifikepunye Pohamba at State House on Wednesday.

The CCN leadership had taken the Head of State up on his call for Namibians, either in a group or individuals, to call on him and discuss issues of common interest rather than waiting to pose questions during his annual State of the Nation address.

“It is sad to hear news about violence being occasioned on our women, men killing women and children, women turning on their husbands and dumping their babies, and all sorts of violence, yet we are a God-fearing nation,” he said.

The Reverend pointed out that the church is also concerned about unmarried men and women who live together.

“Most, if not all, of the recent violence acts which were committed happened between men and women who were just living together outside holy matrimony,” he noted, adding that the CCN agrees with Pohamba that Namibians are not respecting the values set by God.

Beukes went on to say Namibia is blessed to have had Pohamba as president for the last nine years.

“We wish to join some of the Namibian political leaders who praised you after your State of the Nation address by saying you have clearly done your best. During the past nine years, you have done your best to make sure that programmes of the Government are implemented without fail. We salute you for that,” he said.

The delegation thanked the Head of State for his personal support and for the Government’s support of religious freedom which Namibian churches have enjoyed over the past 24 years.

He further thanked the president for the bold step he took by calling on Namibians to join in a national day of prayer against gender-based violence.

Meanwhile, CCN Secretary-General Reverend Maria Kapere described their meeting with Pohamba as fruitful.

She spoke to members of the media after the closed-door meeting, and said the issues that were discussed included shebeens, the re-introduction of biblical studies in schools, and the Basic Income Grant (BIG).

She said Pohamba does not agree with the BIG initiative, “but the churches are going to have a congress that will look into the universality of this important issue, reverse it and give the recommendations to the Office of the President”.

The delegation comprised archbishops, bishops and reverends (pastors) from different denominations.