Stop senseless killing of women: Nujoma

WINDHOEK: Former President Sam Nujoma has appealed to Namibian men to stop the senseless killing of women.

The former President made the appeal while speaking during the 36th commemoration of Cassinga Day in Windhoek on Sunday.

Nujoma stated during the commemoration event held at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura that a growing number of gruesome murders of women by their partners have been recorded in recent years, saying that these senseless killings were a further body-blow to the Swapo-Party Government’s efforts to effectively address the epidemic of so-called ‘passion killings’ in the country.

The former President particularly expressed dismay and dissatisfaction at the brutal murder of the 24-year-old Mirjam Tuyakula Nandjato, who was killed at Oshakati in February this year, allegedly by her boyfriend, Ananias Nailenge.

The alleged 25-year-old self-confessed killer (Nailenge) has since been taken into police custody with no option to post bail.

“Comrades and friends, as we remember the Cassinga Massacre today, we must also strongly appeal to Namibian men to stop the senseless killing of women and girls in this country. Namibian men are now violating the human rights of others by committing acts of violence against them. We (men) must stop all these senseless acts of violence,” he said.

Nujoma seriously warned Namibian men and boys not to try to disturb the current peace and stability existing in the country with such acts of violence.

“All these acts of violence against women and girls must come to an end now. These crimes are totally unacceptable,” he stated.

Nujoma noted it is completely disheartening to see men commit such heinous crimes against their partners.

He then urged all peace-loving Namibians to work hand-in-hand with the members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and other law enforcement agencies in order to combat the problem, and for the prevention of other violent crimes perpetrated against other vulnerable members of the society.

The former President further appealed to all Namibians to help promote and protect Namibia’s image and to jealously guard against “unnecessary issues” which tarnish the image of the country or disturb the prevailing peace and stability.

On the issue of education and “wars of economic independence”, Nujoma urged young Namibians to stand up and fight to become scientists, doctors, marine biologists and engineers.

Close to 500 people from various places in Windhoek were present at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Sunday for the 36th commemoration of Cassinga Day.

Among those present at the event were Deputy Prime Minister Marco Hausiku, Justice Minister Utoni Nujoma, Khomas Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua and Elina Ndapuka, the Councillor for the Katutura-East Constituency.