Wendelinus Hamutenya, Mr Gay Namibia title holder, on
Sunday evening , 04 December 2011, was physically assaulted near his residence
in Katutura, Windhoek, in what can be described as a brutal mugging with
monetary gain as incentive.
Hamutenya arrived home around 22:00 from visiting with friends. He was dropped off at the corner of his street of residence and made the short walk up the road to his home, when noticing two men sitting at the further end of the road, visible by street light.
As he neared his house, the men approached him and requested the money (he) won at the Mr Gay competition. After a short confrontation one of the perpetrators kicked Hamutenya to the ground, while the other aimed for his mobile phone and wallet.
Several blows were exchanged between Hamutenya and his attackers. In the end blows from a cold drink bottle from one of the two men to Hamuntenyas head, face, chin and ribs saw him hospitalized for observation at a Windhoek private clinic for 24 hours.
The culprits made off with approximately N$200 in cash.
Contrary to some media publications, Wendelinus reiterates that this incident and his position as title holder to Mr Gay Namibia should not be confused and used to fuel unnecessary agendas.
Violence in various forms occurs to persons from different walks of life in our country. The relevance of this incident may have connotation to my title, perhaps they thought I had heaps of prize money in my pockets. Likely it was my sexual orientation that made me a target - even my political support that angered them. Or perhaps, and most likely, it was just plain and simply out of greed, states Hamuntenya.
What remains relevant is that any person, no matter race, gender, orientation and/or ethnicity has the right to safety and should not feel threatened when walking down his/her own street of residence any time of the day.
The Mr Gay Namibia Board condemns this violent act of assault, but also reaffirms that we are in sensitive times and we should focus on the facts. Propaganda, misinterpretation and wrong reporting on matters will not suffice factual and mature deliberation on matters is what is needed to embrace the future.
While a case of assault has been opened with Namibian Police on this incident, Wendelinus remains focused on his participation at the Mr Gay World* event in South Africa next year April, confirming that his vision and dream for a sensitized and more accepting Namibia towards human rights in terms of sexual orientation remains his core focus.
Questions and/or information relating to the above brief can be directed in writing to the Public Relations Office of the Mr Gay Namibia Board at email@example.com
*Mr Gay World 2012 is set to take place over 5 days in Johannesburg, South Africa, culminating in the Grand Finale on 8 Apr. 2012 at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Johannesburg. Tickets are available from any Checkers store in South Africa, Computicket or online here: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/mr_gay_world_2012_grand_finale/477720853/referer:-highlights-index-2-0-2012_04_08-grid-
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