Our moral paralysis

17 April 2019 | Columns

Namibians are reeling in shock following a wave of killings in the past couple of days.

As outrage grows, the spate of violent incidents reported in the last week or so are also a sad reminder that crime has reached unacceptable levels. The brazen murders of Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) founder and executive director Eckhart Mueller and his deputy Heimo Hellwig at Arandis appear to have been executions and are likely premeditated. A woman was also brutally killed, allegedly by her husband. According to the police, a 38-year-old teacher from People's Primary School was arrested for his wife's murder, after he handed himself over. The incident occurred on Friday in Okuryangava, after the couple were involved in an argument. The police say the man stabbed his wife in the abdomen. She was rushed to the Katutura State Hospital and later transferred to the Windhoek Central Hospital, where she died on Saturday. The deceased was identified as Merentha Geingos, a teacher at AI Steenkamp Primary School. Domestic abuse is widespread across the country and many news reports have detailed the trials and tribulations Namibian women have suffered, mostly at the hands of their jealous lovers or spouses. Elsewhere, in the south, a 25-year-old former police officer allegedly tried to kill a four-month-old baby at Ileni location on Friday. The man allegedly put the infant between his legs and squeezed, after the mother had told him the baby was not his. The baby is receiving treatment at a hospital and police investigations continue. This is shocking! Namibia is clearly in the midst of moral decay, judging by the growing number of social ills plaguing our usually peaceful society. This disturbing trend shows that we have failed to adopt fundamental principles that all citizens should uphold, in terms of the preservation of our morals. Our nation needs healing, as a matter of urgency, and all stakeholders must come together and tackle this moral paralysis, in the best interest of the country.

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