Chief Glony Arnold of the !Kung Traditional Authority in the Tsumkwe Constituency has applauded government for the timely construction of the authority’s new head office, saying they finally have a conducive space to operate from.
The construction of the !Kung Traditional Authority office started early last year and was finally completed this year. The official inauguration of the premises will be done early next year.
Speaking to New Era on the sidelines of the recent Chief John Arnold Sport Festival in Omatako Village, Chief Arnold said the construction of their new head office is clear testimony to government’s efforts to ensure that no community is left behind.
“Unlike with our old office,which was almost a single room’s size, with the new office I strongly believe the authority now has all the necessary resources at its disposal to fully reach out to all our people, while also conducting our business in a more professional manner.
“The people of Tsumkwe, especially those who fall under the !Kung Traditional Authority, will from now on know where to find their leaders whenever they have problems or need any kind of assistance,” Arnold said.
Arnold, who this year took over as chief of the !Kung Traditional Authority from her late father Chief John Arnold, said the youth of Tsumkwe are faced with many challenges, such alcohol and drug abuse and lack of proper education.
“We also want to use our new office as a ‘centre of hope’, where our youth can come and obtain important information about HIV/Aids, the importance of education and generally how they too can also become notable citizens of Namibia.”
The construction of the !Kung Traditional Authority office, along with the Gobanin, Baglakhadi, Hai//om, Witbooi, Zeraua, Gaiodaman, Kao-//Aesi, Kakurukouje, Joa/Hansi and Swartbooi Traditional Authorities to mention a few, is part of government’s broader strategy of improving and strengthening the administrative operations of the various traditional authorities countrywide.
As of last year, Namibia boasted an estimated 50 authentic traditional authorities to which government provides all kinds of assistance, including monthly allowances to 14 members of each recognised traditional authority, provision of official vehicles and payment of salaries of the drivers of the official vehicles assigned to the traditional authorities.