Behead Men Who Kill Women – Nujoma

FORMER President Sam Nujoma has encouraged all the village headmen in Namibia to behead any man who kills a woman in their villages, although the Namibian Constitution does not allow capital punishment.

Nujoma made these remarks when he was speaking at the official opening of the Olufuko festival at Outapi on Friday.

“I want an end to the passion killings. I also want all the village headmen to behead any men who kill ladies and throw them away in the bushes,” he said.

Nujoma also condemned men, who drink alcohol in front of their children, saying that it is disrespectful.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba echoed similar sentiments, expressing his disappointment. Pohamba said he thought the killing of women and girls should have come to an end by now, considering national efforts such as the National Prayer Day, which was held earlier this year.

However, men have continued to commit more passion killings and the barbaric killing of women has since then increased.

“Men should stop killing our innocent women. Most of this barbaric behaviour is being caused by alcohol abuse because many men have now turned into drunkards,” said Pohamba.

He added that many women have also become heavy drunkards and that they spend more time at the cuca shops than at home with their children.

The President said Olufuko should not be used as a tool to promote sex, alcohol abuse and expose the children to early sexual activities. He urged the youth to respect their culture and elders.

The Chief of Ombalantu traditional authority, Oswin Mukulu, dismissed allegations that Olufuko is a satanic ceremony where young girls are forced into early marriage.

“There is nothing wrong with Olufuko. Those girls will first need to complete their studies before they get married. Olufuko is a clean ceremony. Those who are against it, are the ones who probably do not know what Olufuko means,” said Mukulu.

He also aised the youth to stop abusing alcohol and abstain from all social evils.

The Olufuko festival first kicked off in 2012 and has since then grown into a bigger festival with the number of girls going through the initiation increasing. This year, more than 80 girls were initiated.

In the past, most of the girls were from Omusati, but this year there were some from other regions as well.

Source : The Namibian