Amupanda, Kambala not in contempt

22 March 2019 | Justice

Ondonga Traditional Authority secretary Nepando Amupanda and his co-accused Jerry Kambala have been found not guilty of contempt of court.

On 1 October 2017, six dismissed Ondonga traditional leaders approached the Oshakati High Court to interdict Nepando and Kambala from interfering in the affairs of the traditional authority, pending the outcome of the court case challenging their dismissal.

Nepando and Kambala were ordered to cease any further steps to suspend, dismiss or replace the applicants.

The dismissed leaders also interdicted the ministry of urban and rural development from gazetting any new appointments in terms of section 10(5) of the Traditional Authorities Act 25 of 2000.

In July 2017, the ailing Ondonga king, Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, ordered the dismissal of the traditional councillors. They are former traditional authority chairperson, the late Peter Kauluma, former spokesperson Joseph Asino, senior headman for the Ondangwa district John Walenga, former Oshikoto governor Vilho Kamanya, Kashona kaMalulu and Fillemon Nambili.

Businessmen Erastus Mvula and Paavo Amweele replaced Walenga as the senior headmen responsible for the Ondangwa district, while Rainhold Nepolo was named to replace Asino in the Oniiwe district.

Kambala took over from Kamanya in the Amuteya district, while Amupanda took over from late Kauluma in the Ongula yaNetanga district. They have not yet been gazetted.

On the 4 March, Judge Justice Tommasi found Nepando and Kambala not guilty of contempt of court.

“Having heard John Kandara, on behalf of the respondent(s) and having read the notice of motion, it is hereby ordered that, the fifth and sixth respondents are found not guilty of contempt of court. No order is made as to costs and the matter is removed from the roll and considered finalised,” Tommasi ruled.

ILENI NANDJATO

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