Geingob denounces violence against women

WINDHOEK: Prime Minister Hage Geingob has on Saturday expressed his dissatisfaction and dismay towards the disturbing reports of violent crimes committed against women and girls in the country.
Geingob has denounced and condemned in the strongest terms the recent killing of women and girls when he officially addressed the entire Swapo-Party leadership, members and supporters in Khomas region at a meeting held at the Katutura Community Hall here on Saturday afternoon.
The Premier was particularly referring to the embarrassing incidents of gender-based violence in which three young women lost their lives as result of brutal and barbaric attacks by their boyfriends in the northern parts of the country over the past few weeks.
A young woman was hacked to death by her boyfriend in the Otamanzi Constituency of the Omusati Region on Thursday evening last week.
This is the third incident of passion killing taking place in northern Namibia within a period of two weeks, following the decapitation of Mirjam Tuyakula Nandjato, 24, by her boyfriend at Oshakati on 04 February 2014; and Martha Dishena, 30, who was stabbed to death by her boyfriend at the Oshihau village of Onesi Constituency in the Omusati Region on 31 January this year.
‘The ongoing brutal killing of women and girls must come to end in this country. Namibian men are completely sick in their minds. Namibian men are mad. We must make sure that proper powers are being given to women and girls. Something must be done now in order to protect women and girls from further attacks and killings’, Geingob told a fully-packed Katutura Community Hall.
The Premier has described all men who committed violent crimes against their female counterparts as ‘being cowards.’
‘You (Namibian men) are cowards. How on earth are you beating and killing innocent and defenceless women and girls’, said Geingob.
He then called upon the entire Namibian society to see to it that all men who commit the incidents of violence against women and girls are being isolated and properly punished for their evils.
On a political note, Geingob has strongly urged all people in the Swapo-Party leadership in Khomas region and the rest of country to pay more attention to the delivery of services to the communities in their respective areas.
‘We as Swapo-Party leaders must now pay more attention to the delivery of services to our people’, stated Geingob.
He then appealed to the leadership responsible for the Khomas region to make sure that all people residing in their areas are being registered as voters in order to take part in the upcoming Presidential and Nantional Assembly elections, slated for November 2014.
The latest incident took place at the Etilyasa village at about 23h00 on Thursday.
The deceased has been identified as 28-year-old Helena Shivute.
Sergeant Hesekiel Hamalwa of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the region told Nampa on Friday morning that the suspect used a panga and an axe to hack the deceased in the head several times.
Shivute died on the spot.
The suspect is on the run.
The incident is said to have taken place inside the bedroom of the late Shivute in her parents’ homestead, following a quarrel between her and the suspect.
Hamalwa pointed out that Shivute and the suspect have a four-year-old son together.
It is believed that the son was asleep in the same bedroom at the time.
(edited)WINDHOEK: Prime Minister Hage Geingob on Saturday condemned recent incidences of gender-based violence in which three women lost their lives.
Geingob addressed the matter at a meeting attended by the entire Swapo-Party leadership, as well as by some members and supporters from the Khomas Region, at the Katutura Community Hall in Windhoek.
The 28-year-old Helena Shivute was hacked to death by her boyfriend in the Omusati Region’s Otamanzi Constituency on Thursday evening.
This is the third incident of passion killing taking place in northern Namibia within a period of two weeks, following the decapitation of Mirjam Tuyakula Nandjato, 24, by her boyfriend at Oshakati on 04 February 2014; and the death of the 30-year-old Martha Dishena. Dishena was stabbed to death by her boyfriend at Oshihau village in the Onesi Constituency on 31 January this year.
“The ongoing brutal killing of women and girls must come to end. Namibian men are completely sick in their minds. We must make sure that proper powers are given to women and girls. Something must be done now in order to protect women and girls from further attacks and killings,” Geingob told a packed Katutura Community Hall.
The Premier described all men who commit violent crimes against their female counterparts as “cowards”.
“You are cowards. How on earth are you beating and killing innocent and defenceless women and girls?” he said.
He then called upon the entire Namibian society to see to it that all men who subject women to violence are isolated and properly punished for their deeds.
Turning to politics, Geingob urged everyone in the Swapo-Party leadership all over the country to pay more attention to service delivery to the communities in their respective areas.
“We as Swapo-Party leaders must now pay more attention to the delivery of services to our people,” stated Geingob.
He then appealed to the leadership responsible for the Khomas Region to make sure that all people residing in their areas are registered as voters in order to take part in the Presidential and National Assembly elections slated for November 2014.

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