NAMIBIA’S so called “passion killing” is overly disturbing. This is not just Gender Based Violence (GBV) but murder. All Namibians must speak-out against this evil.
Without question, the murderous rage of deranged young men needs to be controlled. Young people must know and understand that help is just a stone throw away. No one deserves to die unceremoniously.
All must understand that GBV is a cruel and barbaric act. It’s an anathema to any civilized and progressive society.
Unfortunately, for Namibia, the blame can be apportioned to many parties: family, law enforcement agencies, and legislature, especially with the easy acquisition of firearms.
Surely, it all starts with the family in bringing-up responsible boys and girls. Young people should have the respect of self and others. Without which, society will be littered with half groomed young men and women.
As for the Namibian police, even though they have a specialized unit of Women and Child Abuse, such a unit needs to be strengthened with a team of investigators solely focused on domestic violence and cases of GBV. That will be a good starting point to tackle GBV and its catastrophic results.
Certainly, a crisis hotline manned by professional social workers and trauma specialists must be availed to Namibia’s most vulnerable members of society, be it men or women. Such a center can help in resolving societal issues before they blow up. They say, precaution is better than cure.
That said, Namibia has so many “loose armed men” brandishing weapons as if they were toys. The easy access to legal and illegal firearms is a ticking time-bomb set to harm the nation, especially in the murder-suicide cases. The bottom-line is, firearms must not fall in the wrong hands.
If anything, a tougher government policy meant to control the uncontrolled use of service arms can equally minimize potential hazards. A high level of accountability needs to be installed among police officers and soldiers.
Given the public outcry, Namibia’s legislature must revise laws set to protect women from GBV. The laws must be able to serve as a deterrent before anyone can even contemplate of committing an atrocity. It must start with cases of simple domestic violence and spousal abuse. All such cases must be investigated by the authorities.
Again, the rule of law must not take sides. It’s an open secret that some top-notch figures in Namibia had been the biggest perpetrators of domestic violence but were shielded from the law. If Namibians are serious in protecting women, no one should be above the law. Culprits of such crimes must be named and shamed.
Without reservation, the message must be loud and clear that the nation won’t tolerate any form of violence. Irrespective of either men or women, Namibians deserve to live a free non-violent society.
On the brighter side, Namibia has a team of the Break- Free Movement in the stewardship of Namibia’s First Lady, Meme Monica Geingos, who have embarked on a vigorous campaign to address and educate the nation about the signs and dangers of GBV. The works of the Break-Free Movement is the best hope for the nation in tackling GBV.
Overall, Namibians from all walks of life cannot ignore the danger of this reality. The fight against GBV must be a responsibility of all Namibians. As a nation, the unnecessary loss of lives must be condemned by all, so is putting a stop to it. Namibian women must enjoy the full protection of the law, as no one should be made to live in constant fear.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015