Namibians #ShutItDown in protest for Shannon Wasserfall demanding an end to violence against women and children

In a developing story that captivated the nation, police in the Erongo Region confirmed the discovery of human remains near the Walvis Bay Dunes Mall, suspected, based on preliminary investigations linked to the clothes found on the scene, to be those of Shannon Wasserfal who went missing on 10 April this year. Hundreds of citizens took to the streets of Windhoek on Thursday, demanding an end to violence against women and children and called for justice for Wasserfall. The Namibian youth called on government and the police to step in on the fight against Gender Based Violence, demanding a state of emergency be declared. In an update to Wasserfall’s case, Walvis Bay police detained a female suspect for questioning in connection with the remains that were found in a shallow grave at the town, with NamPol Head of Criminal Investigations Directorate, Commissioner Moritz Naruseb while addressing a media briefing here Thursday, revealing that the suspect was not charged at the time, and that more suspects are expected to be detained.

In other local headlines, the Regional and Local Authority elections set to take place 25 November 2020 will not be run using Electronic Voting Machines following the High Court ruling to that effect. The public and political party’s however remain concerned about what will happen to the machines that were acquired at a high cost.

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism announced their intention to auction 100 buffaloes from the Waterberg-Plateau Park, made up of 70 cows and 30 bulls. Future Media News contacted Romeo Muyunda the Chief Public relations Officer at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism who said it’s all in a bid to alleviate pressure on diminishing grazing in its parks.

In other news, online abuse is driving girls to quit social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with nearly 60 percent experiencing harassment and bullying. A new global study by girls’ equality group Plan International has revealed that one in five girls and young women has abandoned or cut down her use of a social media platform after being targeted, with some saying harassment started when they were as young as eight years old. Attacks were most common on Facebook, where 39 percent of girls polled said they had been harassed, followed by Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Twitter, and TikTok.

Meanwhile, official statistics have not yet been released, however analysts said the unemployment situation in Namibia is bad at the moment, with Covid-19 having worsened things to a level never seen was before. Future media news spoke to labour expert Herbert Jauch, who said Agriculture could be the solution.

And, the Minister of Information, Communication and Technology, Peya Mushelenga, announced that Namibia will be hosting the 30th Anniversary of the World Press Freedom Day in May 2021. Mushelenga said “It is befitting that the 2021 World Press Freedom Day be held in the birth place of the Windhoek Declaration and hub of press freedom in Africa, at a time when we review 30 years of the Declaration’s existence”.

Meanwhile in news from the continent, South Africa told world governments that the global war on drugs has failed and that it is considering plans to decriminalise personal drug use, while focusing its police resources on dealers and illicit syndicates. And, Leading Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate on Wednesday said climate change presents world leaders with ‘life or death’ choices, pressing them to treat it as an urgent crisis. ‘Climate change is a nightmare that affects every sector of our lives,’ said Nakate, naming hunger, conflicts, child marriages and violence against women as some of the crisis’ knock-on effects.”

Lastly, on the International Front, Speaking on the occasion of World Heritage Day, which was celebrated on Monday, 5 October under the theme “Housing For All – A Better Urban Future”, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gutteres explained that currently 1 billion people live in overcrowded settlements with inadequate housing and that by 2030 that number will rise to 1.6 billion. Meanwhile, here at home, Minister of Urban and Rural Development Erastus Uutoni explained to Future Media News that housing for all is what his Ministry if striving for.