As a human rights defender, who has over the years campaigned for inter alia true gender equality, including the rights of homosexuals to be treated equally and be tolerated by society, I have never imagined that I would one day become a victim of what I may call sexual harassment from a certain Mike Nghinamhito, whom I suspect of being a homosexual. Some time in July 2011, I received a text message from this individual, saying he “loved” me and I thought this is for the work I am doing. So, I thought, cool, because I am hearing similar compliments almost every day, but no one has so far used the word “love”. Nevertheless, I replied with a monotonous “thank you”.
The next thing, I received is a voice-call from the same individual who again said he loved me directly and this is a male voice. So, I asked who he really was and what exactly he meant by “love” and I also asked Mike whether he knew me personally, to which he replied in the negative. And this is where my suspicion began. So, I told him that I am not comfortable about him and he stopped contacting me.
However, some time in September 2011, while, I was in London, I again received a text message from Mike telling me that he really loved me very much. With anger I responded that I was not his kind and that he should direct his love to his kind. However, he continued, and I became very furious to the point, that I even called him “a shameless bastard” and so on, again telling him not to contact me ever again. He said sorry. Nonetheless, he continued with his “love” messages and I ignored them.
In the meantime, I started gathering info about him and I was told that he is a member of a church choir at the Hossiana Parish in Windhoek.
Last Thursday, May 31 2012 evening and to my distress, I again received a “love you” message from this Mike. I told him that this time round, I will expose him in the media and that I will also report him to the police. I informed the Inspector-General, who phoned this Mike and warned him to stop contacting me again. I thank Lt-General Ndeitunga for this.
My message to Mike, and other homosexuals like him out there, is that this type of conduct will only win them more opponents. As I have said some time ago on Facebook, as long as homosexuals continue to see this world through sex, they will get nowhere with their fight for equality and acceptance in society, such as ours. They must try to excel in other fields, such as sports, literature, science and technology and this would greatly enhance their public image. Sex, or so-called love, should not be the only thing they can or must do best. I am totally disgusted and appalled by this conduct.
Phil ya Nangoloh