The souring Ondonga fracas

09 April 2019 | Columns

There is no end in sight to the bitter infighting engulfing the Ondonga Traditional Authority, even though there have been renewed calls for the warring factions to bury the hatchet in honour of the late Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas.

As argued on this same platform a fortnight ago, it is puzzling to see government having adopted a wait-and-see approach, despite the massive impact the standoff has had on the community and the nation at large. The government fully recognises the Ondonga Traditional Authority and as a custodian of traditional authority affairs in the country, the ministry of urban and rural development should have investigated the matter to get to the bottom of the ruckus. Now, just days before the state funeral of the late Omukwaniilwa, the belligerent groupings are at it again, with an urgent court application being lodged this week. In the latest challenge, two heirs apparent to the throne, Oscar Sheehama and Konisa Eino Kalenga, want to interdict Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo from acting as if he is the appointed successor to the late king. The duo want to restrain Nangolo, who was named as Elifas’ successor in 2002, from purporting in any way to be the heir apparent. There is no doubt that the infighting among Ondonga leaders is being driven by personal interests and it is a sad development and betrayal of the legacy of the late Omukwaniilwa, who stood for peace. The succession battle has now clearly spiralled out of control and this leadership wrangle is set to intensify after the burial of the late king this weekend. It is clear that there is no love lost between the warring factions and the standoff cannot be considered as a friendly rivalry. Government must therefore step in and protect the interests of the Ondonga community, and that of the nation at large, by mediating between the conflicting groups and finding a lasting solution to this impasse. The situation cannot be allowed to sour any further.

Similar News

 

Infighting hinders progress

4 hours ago | Columns

Our traditional leaders, with all due respect, have been hogging the headlines for some time now, and mostly for the wrong reasons. Unnecessary infighting among...

The stress-filled lives of teens

2 days ago - 20 August 2019 | Columns

Leia BoulogneIn today’s society, teenagers are prone to experiencing more stress than the average teenager should. A main factor of this stress is schoolwork. Each...

Poll buzz still missing

2 days ago - 20 August 2019 | Columns

The low voter turnout in the local and regional authority elections of 2015, and to some extent the general election in 2014, was attributed to...

Who hurt you, Mr President?

6 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Columns

Our president seems angry. This has come to the fore more often than not during his town hall meetings, where his remarks have betrayed a...

More exposure for new artists

6 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Columns

I am not advocating for a generational divide in music, but I do feel like new and emerging artists do not get sufficient airtime on...

Your dreams deserve a chance!

1 week ago - 13 August 2019 | Columns

Ester KamatiMany individuals, the youth in particular, live their lives in a box and never get to explore. In this regard, exploration does not mean...

The importance of employee relations in a formal establishment

1 week ago - 09 August 2019 | Columns

Happy AmadhilaEmployee relations is a field used to be known as industrial relations. As a field of study it is the study of the laws,...

Have the right team

1 week ago - 09 August 2019 | Columns

Times have changed, unlike in the past when a lot of artists wanted to sign to record labels, new artists now prefer being independent. There...

Breast milk power!

2 weeks ago - 06 August 2019 | Columns

Almost two years after Namibian Sun reported on a plan by two medical professionals to establish the country's first breast milk bank, the initiative finally...

Proximity to power

2 weeks ago - 02 August 2019 | Columns

This week's sentencing of former education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, who was ordered by Judge Christie Liebenberg to pay a fine of N$50 000 or face...

Latest News

N$600m down the drain

4 hours ago | Justice

Any hopes of Namibia recovering the over N$600 million lost in the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) scandal have been dashed. Prosecutor-General Martha Imalwa confirmed...

Infighting hinders progress

4 hours ago | Columns

Our traditional leaders, with all due respect, have been hogging the headlines for some time now, and mostly for the wrong reasons. Unnecessary infighting among...

Companies fail on health, safety

4 hours ago | Health

The majority of companies inspected by the labour ministry in the first quarter of this year were not in compliance with occupational health and safety...

Namibians dread worsening droughts

4 hours ago | Disasters

While Namibia is battling one of its worst droughts in history a mere 38% of Namibians say that droughts in the country have not become...

Olufuko launched tomorrow

4 hours ago | Cultural

The Olufuko Annual Cultural Festival has attracted 69 girls who have already registered with the organising committee to undergo initiation during this year's festival.The 2019...

Bolster fight against hepatitis E

4 hours ago | Health

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has again urged Namibia to boost its response to the protracted hepatitis E outbreak which has claimed the lives of...

NEPC financial woes due to...

4 hours ago | Government

Cash-strapped state-owned New Era Publications Corporation (NEPC)'s acting CEO Benjamin Jakobs has attributed the corporation's failure to account for N$33.5 million to employees' poor work...

Okapale komatukodhila taka lukilwa Ya...

4 hours ago | Transport

Otaku ka tulwa oshihongwathano shomukondjelimanguluko gwaNamibia, Herman Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo pokapale koondhila kaNdangwa.Shoka otashi ka ningwa nale nehangano lyoNamibia Airports Company (NAC) otali...

Pedalling buzz

4 hours ago | Sports

At least 100 cyclists are expected to take part in the first-ever Oshana Cycle Challenge, which will take place on Saturday. The first-of-its-kind challenge will...

Load More