OTA Appoints Headman for Village Yet Allows Residents to Elect ‘Own Leader’

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By William J. Mbangula OSHAKATI A power struggle over the leadership of Onaimbungu village in Ohangwena region will be the subject of discussion next Tuesday during the monthly meeting of the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority (OTA). The chairperson of the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority, George Nelulu, confirmed this. The dispute over the leadership of the village started in 2002 after the death of the headman, Phillipus Kashikola. According to the residents of Onaimbungu who complained on the national radio phone-in programme, the OTA is confusing the residents by appointing a headman for the village and at the same time allowing them to elect their “own leader”. As a result, there are two leaders in the village. Nelulu declined to discuss the matter until it is officially handled by the OTA next Tuesday. Onaimbungu village falls under the Ohakafiya district of Senior Headman Job Haihambo who could not be reached for comment.