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Fri 24 Oct 2014
 • BY the look of things, with the sale of my motherland to foreigners and myself being unable to afford a piece of land, I will become a landless, slave to foreigners in my country of birth. My country is being mortgaged. I cry!
 • WONDER Guchu, you said it all again. If only these words and advice were taken to heart. However, things fall apart and nobody cares because people don't vote for change. - Waltraut
 • IS Hage Geingob threatening us that we must vote for Swapo because the party would not be comfortable giving up government through transition?
 • THE President's daughter is at it again. Over N$500 million worth of state contracts. Really now, is this fair? What is there to be issued? Tender Board, please cancel these contracts as soon as possible.
 • WE knew the Russian is paying US$100 million per farm. Brown envelopes en masse.
 • I WANT to thank all the staff of Onyaanya State Clinic for their good work and my vote of thanks goes also to Sister Maria Nahole. Keep it up sister. Your jokes and happy face heal us everyday. - Community member
POLL
Should presidential candidates have public debates before the elections?

1. Yes, it will help us make up our minds.

2. No, it will have no effect on the outcome.

3. Maybe, but will Swapo agree this time?

4. No one cares!


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ECONOMIC NEWS | 2005-10-10
Emotional send-off for Juanita Mabula
* PATIENCE SMITH
HALFWAY through the memorial service of the late Juanita Mabula in Windhoek on Thursday night, a woman walked in clasping a grey plastic bag.
The tiny hand of a child was enveloped by her other hand as the
pair took a seat next to the flower arrangement in memory of the
murdered 21-year-old mother.
Facing the service-goers with tears streaming down her face at
the Ebenezer AME Church in Katutura, the woman reached into the
plastic bag, producing a small bottle.

In it, she placed some hand-picked flowers, then took out a
juice container filled with water and poured the liquid into the
bottle.

She stood up and placed the bottle on the floor below the
candles arranged next to a picture of Mabula.

Weeping, she went back to her seat next to the child, placing
her head on her knees for the remainder of the service.

The memorial service, held ahead of the burial of Mabula's body
at Mariental on Saturday, was led by Willem Simon Hanse, the
resident pastor of the St.

James AME Church in Mariental where Mabula was a member.

Various speakers and religious leaders took to the floor to show
their respects and to share their sympathies with the loved ones of
the young woman.

A brass band, solo gospel performers and several choirs from
various denominations performed during the three-hour long
service.

Choosing the theme 'Why is God quiet? Does God still make
sense?' during his sermon, Ebenezer's Pastor Victor Helu said that
the world has become a place where evil has gained the upper hand
over righteousness.

"Murder, rape, violence, corruption and lawlessness have become
the order of the day; the righteous are oppressed and the poor die
in abject poverty," he said in his passionate delivery.

To make matters worse, Helu said, "in plaas van vegters teen die
barbarisme van vandag, is daar te veel toeskouers op die pawiljoene
van die wêreld".

Citing from the Bible, the pastor turned to the family and said
that despite the current injustices and despite their pain and
loss, God promised the He would always be there until the end of
days.

"He will carry you, He knows where Juanita's head is, go in
peace, go bury her - God will always make sense," Helu
concluded.

On his part, Pastor Charles Fredericks said it was time for the
church and every individual to say: 'Enough is enough.' He said in
the fight to restore peace in the world, everybody should change
their attitudes toward God.

"Every day, we read in newspapers things that don't belong in
Christian societies.

Whatever we do, God knows.

If we live more to please Him and to honour Him, many of these
atrocities will not be committed."

Fredericks said that people have turned to idolising each other
instead of worshipping God.

"He must be first, then things will change," he told the
congregation.

Speaking on behalf of Mabula's family, Jacobus Fredericks, a
relative in-law said that they were overwhelmed and eternally
grateful by the support of the public.

"Our prayers became yours, our pain became yours.

Today is our day, tomorrow it may be yours - we will be there
for you," he said.

Hundreds of mourners from around the country attended Mabula's
burial at Mariental on Saturday.

Speaking to The Namibian yesterday, her aunt Joey Swartz said
the family was at peace.

"The most difficult thing for us was to bury our sister without
her head.

It's hard for us to know that once the missing body part is
found, we'll have to bury her again.

But with the spiritual support we've received, this fact is made
easier.

We have heard from some of the mourners that they've had to bury
their loved ones without their bones as the bodies were missing -
at least we had something," she said.

Politicians including Margareth Mensah-Williams, Rosa Namises
and Mariental Mayor Lukas Katuanene attended the funeral.

Pastor Moses Willem Hanse, brother of Pastor Willem Simon Hanse
who is out of the country, led the service.

Juanita Mabula leaves behind her 5-year old daughter, Tracy, who
lives at Mariental with Mabula's grandmother.

Facing the service-goers with tears streaming down her face at the
Ebenezer AME Church in Katutura, the woman reached into the plastic
bag, producing a small bottle.In it, she placed some hand-picked
flowers, then took out a juice container filled with water and
poured the liquid into the bottle.She stood up and placed the
bottle on the floor below the candles arranged next to a picture of
Mabula.Weeping, she went back to her seat next to the child,
placing her head on her knees for the remainder of the service.The
memorial service, held ahead of the burial of Mabula's body at
Mariental on Saturday, was led by Willem Simon Hanse, the resident
pastor of the St.James AME Church in Mariental where Mabula was a
member.Various speakers and religious leaders took to the floor to
show their respects and to share their sympathies with the loved
ones of the young woman.A brass band, solo gospel performers and
several choirs from various denominations performed during the
three-hour long service.Choosing the theme 'Why is God quiet? Does
God still make sense?' during his sermon, Ebenezer's Pastor Victor
Helu said that the world has become a place where evil has gained
the upper hand over righteousness."Murder, rape, violence,
corruption and lawlessness have become the order of the day; the
righteous are oppressed and the poor die in abject poverty," he
said in his passionate delivery.To make matters worse, Helu said,
"in plaas van vegters teen die barbarisme van vandag, is daar te
veel toeskouers op die pawiljoene van die wêreld".Citing from
the Bible, the pastor turned to the family and said that despite
the current injustices and despite their pain and loss, God
promised the He would always be there until the end of days."He
will carry you, He knows where Juanita's head is, go in peace, go
bury her - God will always make sense," Helu concluded.On his part,
Pastor Charles Fredericks said it was time for the church and every
individual to say: 'Enough is enough.' He said in the fight to
restore peace in the world, everybody should change their attitudes
toward God."Every day, we read in newspapers things that don't
belong in Christian societies.Whatever we do, God knows.If we live
more to please Him and to honour Him, many of these atrocities will
not be committed."Fredericks said that people have turned to
idolising each other instead of worshipping God."He must be first,
then things will change," he told the congregation.Speaking on
behalf of Mabula's family, Jacobus Fredericks, a relative in-law
said that they were overwhelmed and eternally grateful by the
support of the public."Our prayers became yours, our pain became
yours.Today is our day, tomorrow it may be yours - we will be there
for you," he said.Hundreds of mourners from around the country
attended Mabula's burial at Mariental on Saturday.Speaking to The
Namibian yesterday, her aunt Joey Swartz said the family was at
peace."The most difficult thing for us was to bury our sister
without her head.It's hard for us to know that once the missing
body part is found, we'll have to bury her again.But with the
spiritual support we've received, this fact is made easier.We have
heard from some of the mourners that they've had to bury their
loved ones without their bones as the bodies were missing - at
least we had something," she said.Politicians including Margareth
Mensah-Williams, Rosa Namises and Mariental Mayor Lukas Katuanene
attended the funeral.Pastor Moses Willem Hanse, brother of Pastor
Willem Simon Hanse who is out of the country, led the
service.Juanita Mabula leaves behind her 5-year old daughter,
Tracy, who lives at Mariental with Mabula's grandmother.

         


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