Maria David & Placido Hilukilwa
THE Namibian police in the Omusati Region is contemplating charging the amateur videographer who recently recorded a video clip of his 17-year-old friend physically abusing a five-year-old girl in the Oshaala village in the Onesi constituency, an incident that sent shockwaves through the community and attracted widespread condemnation.
The 17-year-old was eventually arrested and is expected to appear in the Outapi magistrate’s court in due course.
Meanwhile, the victim was taken to a safer place but the police preferred not to reveal details.
“The videographer was not arrested, but we are looking into the matter to find out exactly what role he played and to what extend he can be considered an accomplice,” said regional police commander, Titus Shikongo.
The incident is being interpreted as just one of the many symptoms of the moral degradation and lawlessness in the Namibian society.
“The society has fallen into moral degradation,” said Catholic Deacon Albert Ndahalele.
“The only solution,” he said, “is to go back to our roots: respect our traditional norms and abide by the morality of our Christian religion.”
However, he hastened to add that that would be a daunting task.
“The young generation has already strayed too far,” he said.
And he says that he knows the reason.
“Kids no longer sit with their parents around the fire in the evenings; parents are no longer interested in the proper upbringing of their children, preferring to spend their time at shebeens. Also, our Christian morality is completely relegated and forgotten.”
Engela village headman Djeimo Popyeinawa said that the Namibian society has since independence experienced a moral decay of an unprecedented magnitude.
“Watching that video footage one notices pure lawlessness, a blatant lack of the fear of God and the absence of love of a fellow human being,” he said.
He added: “Many factors contributed to the problem we are facing today. Before independence, traditional leaders had the power to reprimand, to correct, and even to punish. Now, the headman has the people but no power. Things have irreversibly turned upside down.”