16 November 2012

Namibia: Passion Killings Worry First Lady

Walvis Bay — The First Lady Madam Penehupifo Pohamba has urged parents to raise their children in a dignified manner to avoid the horror and pain of passion killings.

Madam Pohamba was addressing learners, teachers and various government officials during a Christmas party for orphans and vulnerable children held on Wednesday in Walvis Bay. She expressed concern over the increasing number of passion killings in the country and said parents should not encourage the sin of fornication and adultery among young girls.

"We should rather encourage them to abstain from sex until marriage. Our society is facing worrisome social evils such as abuse, rape and the killing of defenceless women and children by those who masquerade around as so-called boyfriends and heartless mothers," she said.

She said passion killings rob the country of a productive segment of the population leaving orphans behind.

"I urge parents to educate their children and speak openly about sex, as well as their right to say no to sex. We must return to our traditional values in order for Namibia to become a leading nation that will serve as a good example to other nations, not only in politics but socially as well," Madam Pohamba said. Last month she also expressed concern over prostitution and human trafficking that is on the increase in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, during a consultative meeting held in Tamariskia.

She urged traditional and community leaders, parents and women to collaborate with the relevant ministries to address the degradation of social values, characterised by an increase in prostitution and human trafficking. She also urged parents to return to traditional and cultural values in order to save young girls from becoming pregnant and drug addicts and prostitutes at a tender age. She further explained this often contributes to a vicious cycle of low self-esteem, unemployment and economic dependency on men, as well as gender-based violence and poverty in the country.

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