By John Tueriajama
SALUTE Boxing Academy, under the chairmanship of Kiriata Kamani, has entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and the Khomas Region Forum (KRF) of the Nationhood and National Pride (NNP) campaign, to actively combat crime, gender violence and vandalism.
The objective of the partnership is to facilitate the campaign utilising every platform where boxers from Salute Boxing Academy fight, to spread the message against everyday social ills.
World Boxing Federation (WBF) welterweight world champion, Bethuel ‘Tyson’ Uushona, who successfully retained his title against Russian boxer Roman Belaev recently, said that as a professional fighter, it is his moral responsibility to be part and parcel of the campaign against gender violence. “I wholeheartedly support the partnership, for the total elimination of the crimes committed against women and young girls,” he said. Ushona said that the hideous crimes against the vulnerable in society are not only committed by the young, but also by older people. He thanked the Salute Boxing Academy management for the bold decision taken to be part of the campaign.
Newly-crowned International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Africa middleweight champion, Lukas ‘The Demolisher’ Ndafoluma, called on all citizens to be patriotic, and fight against the social ills that are threatening the social fabric of the country. “The crimes against women and children are tarnishing the image of the country. I call on all boxers to become the much-needed role models in society,” he said.
National middleweight champion, Vakufilapo Nashivela, said he is humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be the voice of the voiceless, in the fight against crime. He said that as a national champion, he will make use of his status to protect and defend national pride, at all costs.
Commenting on the future plans for his boxers, Kamani said that management will soon convene a meeting, to chart away for possible national or continental title fights. “We are certainly going back to the drawing board, and once that is concluded, management will convene a media conference, where we will inform the public on the way forward,” said Kamani. KRF Information Officer, David Adetona, said the there are plans to extend the campaign against crime and gender violence beyond Namibia’s borders.
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