WINDHOEK: Founding President Dr Sam Nujoma has expressed dismay at the spate of violence perpetrated against women and children in the country.
Nujoma said this during the Namibian Women’s Summit 2012 gala dinner held in the capital on Thursday evening.
“This new barbaric phenomenon of men butchering the most vulnerable members in our society, including through passion killings, should forthwith come to an end,” he stressed in a speech availed to Nampa on Friday.
The Founding President thus urged law-enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned in apprehending the perpetrators of these crimes.
He also condemned the excessive use of alcohol and drug abuse, particularly amongst the youth, whom he said are endangering their lives through promiscuity and by neglecting their education with their “preoccupation with non-constructive activities.”
Nujoma further called on all Namibians to join hands with Government in addressing the causes of youth delinquency and combating crimes such as rape, murder and domestic violence perpetrated against women, children and the elderly.
Youths and women entrepreneurs were also urged to work hard in order to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic development of the country for the attainment of Vision 2030.
“I encourage you to continue in your efforts to make a success of yourselves, your families and your communities,” he added.
The three-day Namibian Women’s Summit started on Wednesday, and ends on Friday.
The first Namibian Women’s Summit was hosted in Windhoek in 2007 as a way of creating a platform for Namibian women to learn from each other, share best practices and network.
This annual event has become a special event on the calendars of most Namibian women.
This year’s summit is being held under the theme “The Time is Now”.