Former ambassador under fire for cultural 'taboo'

11 October 2018 | Local News

Onamutayi headman and former diplomat Nicky Nashandi says he is on the warpath against those who have illegally settled in the village.

He caused a stir on Saturday when he destroyed Paulus Ndakalako's homestead at Onamutayi, situated near Onamutenya in Oshikoto's Omuntele constituency.

He claimed this was to teach all land grabbers a lesson.

Nashandi, who represented Swapo in Libya between 1977 and 1989, and was also entrusted by the government with various diplomatic interventions in SADC and elsewhere, accused Ndakalako of being an illegal settler who came to the village in 2011.

According to Ndakalako, who resides in Windhoek, said his caretaker, Jason David, informed him that Nashandi had demolished his house on Saturday.

Ndakalako said when Nashandi was appointed as headman a years ago, his homestead was already established.

“Nashandi came here on Saturday morning when we just woke up. He came with a team of five guys, who started demolishing the homestead and throwing our belongings away,” David said.

“I did not interrupt and I told them to do whatever they want. I went to report the matter to his assistant for help.”

Ndakalako said he was shocked.

He said after he got married, he established the homestead and traditional rituals were performed.

“I did not expect that it would be destroyed in such a way. I decided to put in leave just to go see for myself what had happened. I am very shocked and at the moment I am in consultation with my parents about what should be done,” Ndakalako said.

When contacted for comment, Nashandi confirmed that he demolished the house because it was illegal.

“I wrote them a letter last year in September informing them that the place they are settled at belongs to somebody else and they must vacate it. They could not be bothered and they ignored me.”

Nashandi also claimed that Ndakalako's caretaker was reported recently in connection with an alleged stolen cow, “which just added fuel to the already burning fire”.

“Recently, the rightful owner of the place called me and said he is ready to come and settle on his land. I informed them, but still they could not bother. This is an indication that they are not law-abiding citizens and that irked me to take the action of demolishing their house.”

Nashandi said before he took action, he reported the matter to Kodhi Amoomo, the sub-senior headman for the Onethika district, under the Ondonga Traditional Authority.

Amoomo, however, refuted Nashandi claims, saying he never reported such a matter to him.

“I am disappointed by Nashandi's actions. When this was reported to me on Saturday I thought it was a joke. On Monday I was told to go to see for myself and I asked the police and regional councillor to go assist me. I could not believe what I found here,” Amoomo said.

“As a leader, one could not do this. Traditionally, an established homestead cannot be demolished. What Nashandi has done is taboo. I called him to come and explain to me, but he told me that he was very far, but I am still waiting to hear from him.”

Amoomo said once he meets with Nashandi, he will prepare a report for the traditional authority.

Omuntele police officers, who were on the scene, also wrote a report on the incident.

Ndakalako said after he obtained advice from his elders, he would decide what steps to take against Nashandi.

“This is money lost and vandalism of property. What he has done indicates that he is not afraid of anything and can take whatever comes (his way).”


Similar News


Regions sign landmark deal

7 hours ago | Local News

The Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Kavango West regions have entered into a working relationship aimed at sharing information and resources for socio-economic development.The relationship will focus...

Artefacts take over Kooitjie burial

7 hours ago | Local News

The late Topnaar Chief Seth Madawab Kooitjie was buried at Soutrivier, about 125 km from Walvis Bay on Saturday afternoon. Kooitjie passed away on 24...

Iitopolwa yomonooli yiimanga kumwe

7 hours ago | Local News

Iitopolwa shaHangwena, Oshikoto oshowo Kavango West oya yi metsokumwe lyelongelokumwe lya nuninwa okutopola omauyelele oshowo oonzo dhomayambulepo.Ekwatathano ndyoka otali ka tala unene komayakulo guundjolowele, oopate,...

Kauluma was always there

1 day - 16 February 2019 | Local News

The head of state, in his capacity as the president of Swapo, sent out a message of condolences to the family and loved ones of...

Community health workers squat for jobs

3 days ago - 15 February 2019 | Local News

A small group of trained community health extension workers are squatting indefinitely at the entrance of the health ministry's head office in Windhoek in a...

Plotting against landlessness

4 days ago - 14 February 2019 | Local News

Namibia finds itself at a very important juncture. Following the land conference held towards the end of last year, interpreting and implementing its resolutions optimally...

Huang ta futitha ookahewa ke mongeshefa

4 days ago - 14 February 2019 | Local News

Sha landula oshipotha shefutitho lyoomiliyona 3.7 shoka sha tulilwa mo omukomeh gwahengano lyaaniilonga, Petrus Nevonga, kansela nale gwoSwapo, Christian Iitope ehangano lyoJinhao Investment CC, monena...

Disabled to get much-needed boost

5 days ago - 13 February 2019 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES A new disability project, ‘Strengthening integrated systems to promote access to services for persons with disabilities in Namibia’ was launched in Windhoek yesterday....

Aandonga mourn Kauluma

6 days ago - 12 February 2019 | Local News

Former Ondonga Traditional Authority chairperson and senior Ongula yaNetanga headman, Peter Shimweefeleni Kauluma, died yesterday at the age of 82.Kauluma was described as the mastermind...

We don't have ODC's assets - Kwala

1 week ago - 11 February 2019 | Local News

The board chairperson of the recently established Namibia Industrialisation Development Agency (NIDA), Frans Kwala, has rubbished claims that the agency has taken control of the...

Latest News

SA rules the roost at...

7 hours ago | Sports

The South African swimming team opened the African Swimming Federation Zone IV Championships with a total of 19 medals (eight gold, eight silver and three...

Child rapist gets 35 years

7 hours ago | Justice

The Swakopmund Regional Court has imposed a long sentence on a man arrested in 2014 for raping four minor girls at the coastal town. ...

Crisis looms as rain stays...

7 hours ago | Weather

The wetter climatic conditions that marked the start of February in Namibia are likely to cease and make way for dry conditions for the rest...

Okahandja councillors defiant

7 hours ago | Politics

Swapo Party secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa has summoned the party's representatives on the Okahandja town council to a meeting this afternoon at the party headquarters in...

Kunene terminatesCRO contract

7 hours ago | Government

The Kunene regional council has paid an undisclosed lump sum to terminate the contract of former chief regional officer (CRO) George Kamseb, who had refused...

Innovation is essential

7 hours ago | Opinion

So yet another dismal season of dismal rainfall is upon us and soon coming to an end with no respite in sight. That Namibia is...

Cut Rukoro some slack

7 hours ago | Sports

I know many people are celebrating the eventual exit of long-serving Namibia Football Association secretary-general Barry Rukoro but I believe he deserves praise for the...

Not conflicted: Hilda Basson-Namundjebo

7 hours ago | Sports

The chairperson of the Namibia Football Association's Normalisation Committee, Hilda Basson-Namundjebo, says there is no conflict of interests in her position as the new administrator...

Chief Kauluma laid to rest

7 hours ago | People

The deputy chairperson of the Council of Traditional Leaders in Namibia, Chief Immanuel #Nu Axa /Gaseb, has urged young Namibians to emulate the virtues and...

Load More