Nujoma slams illegal liquor trade

Speaking during the launch of the Omusati Education and Training Fund (OETF) this week, Nujoma cautioned shebeen owners to stop not only insulting President Hifikepunye Pohamba, but also threatening to take hostage Prime Minister Nahas Angula and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana.

He said those who are contemplating taking them hostage will face consequences should they implement their intentions.

Some of them (shebeen owners) he said, went as far as occupying the parliamentary grounds in Windhoek, which, he noted, is totally unacceptable.

“Anyone insulting President Pohamba by shouting him down should be arrested and if it is found that he/she is a Swapo member, he/she will immediately be expelled from Swapo,” he cautioned.

While addressing the gathering he invited to the podium Chief Oswin Mukulu of Ombalantu and Chief Herman Iipumbu of Uukwambi in order to explain the traditional way of responsible consumption of alcohol.

The same happened also to the governors of Omusati and Oshikoto regions, who were called to explain the rumours going round that a nine-month-old child had drowned in a container in the northern regions, while the mother was reportedly drunk.

This, he said, was an indication that stricter measures needed to be taken in combating illegal liquor trading.

Nujoma condemned this practice as shameful since it was taking place in streets and at road sides under uncontrolled and unhygienic conditions.

After a drinking spree, Nujoma said, some people go out to beat, insult and even kill their wives with pangas and knives.

Such unbecoming behaviour should be punished through the legal system of the country.

“Abusers and killers of women, who are our mothers, should be put behind bars for life,” he emphasised. ‘ New Era.

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