Reconciliation, unity and development are need within the Ovambanderu community that has in recent times been entangled in protracted legal squabbles over leadership.
This is according to OvaMbanderu Chief Kilus Nguvauva, who says the traditional authority wants to reconcile its people in unity so that they can consider various development opportunities available to them as a community.
Nguvauva, who was speaking to New Era on the sidelines of a meeting at Walvis Bay on Tuesday, said the internal factions have finally put aside the lengthy court battles that derailed progress for the entire Ovambanderu community.
The OvaMbanderu community had been split into two groups since 2008 when former chief Munjuku Nguvauva II died. The late chief’s sons, Keharanjo Nguvauva (now deceased) and Kilus Nguvauva were subsequently entangled in a leadership tussle over the chieftaincy.
Immediately after the death of Keharanjo, his faction installed his mother, Aletta Nguvauva, wife of the late chief Munjuku, as leader of the Ovambanderu.
However, High Court Judge Collins Parker in 2014 ruled that Kilus Nguvauva is the designated chief of the OvaMbanderu people.
“There is nothing to lose. We are looking for inclusivity and unity among our people. I know we had disputes, but what is left now is reconciliation. Our government leaders have always been vocal about peace and reconciliation.
It is what my father, as well as the founding father, Sam Nujoma, former president Hifikepunye Pohamba and even our current President Dr Hage Geingob have been preaching. We are nothing without peace and reconciliation,” said Nguvauva.
According to Nguvauva, the lengthy court battles have undermined the main aims and objectives of the Ovambanderu people, however the traditional authority is now working to get its house in order.
“We’re now putting all that behind to focus on the main issues. Firstly, we have dismissed all serving traditional councillors as they have been serving for 7 years and more, due to the legal battles,” he explained.
He further said they are currently visiting all the Ovambanderu throughout the country to consult and submit names of those nominated by the community to become traditional councillors.
Nguvauva said they have so far visited areas, such as Eiseb-block, Epukiro, Opuwo, the Erongo Region and Windhoek. They would proceed to Aminus and Gobabis on today (Friday).
Nguvauva then urged young people, the elderly and women to participate in the nomination process, saying the days are gone that women were just visible in the kitchens.
“Our government has been advocating for [greater] female representation at all levels, thus we are encouraging community members to nominate women as well, as they also can make a meaningful contribution to our quest for development,” he said.
Nguvauva said the new traditional leadership would be elected on December 10 at Epukiro Pos 3.