No claim on Angolan land

The traditional authority has frowned upon reports suggesting that it wants to claim some parts of southern Angola.

17 March 2017 | Local News

The Oukwanyama Traditional Authority has dismissed reports that the community wants to claim part of Angolan land.

Oukwanyama runs through some parts of Angola including Oihole in the Cunene Province, where the late King Mandume Ndemufayo resided and where he was laid to rest.

Hadino Hishongwa, the deputy chairperson of the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority and senior advisor to the queen, Martha Mwadinomho waKristian yaNelumbu, issued a letter of response last week.

“We were left hurt as these rumours were unfounded and we are wondering why these rumours are always created about our community; additionally, this victimisation of our community has simply been too much to bear over these many years since independence,” the letter reads.

President Hage Geingob also publicly condemned the reports from an unnamed source during the Mandume ya Ndemufayo Centenary Commemorations at the Oukwanyama Royal Palace at Omhedi on 4 February this year.

He told Namibians dreaming of claiming a part of the Angolan territory as their own to stop the notion immediately.

Geingob noted that Africans should not start claiming the territories of fellow African states by using ancestral boundaries as justification.

Hishongwa noted that the Oukwanyama community would like to live in good relations, peace and harmony with other communities in Namibia as well as the Angolan community, who have helped the country achieve its independence which is currently being enjoyed, and thus have no mean intentions.

“We believe in respect and the recognised international borders, which were made by the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now known as African Unity (AU), and the United Nations but this does not prevent us from having our cultural, traditional and customary bonds and the development our common language in the two neighbouring sister countries,” the document states.

Hishongwa classified the rumours as a tribal act, stating that the body spreading the rumour is trying to tarnish the community's image and wants to damage the relationship between the traditional authority and the head of state.

“None the less, just like government is unable to control all of its citizens, we as a traditional authority do not have full control over each individual's thoughts or our community members, and we do not know what such individual's personal views are,” he said.

Hishongwa assured Geingob that they firmly support his leadership.


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