07 Jun 2013 04:20
OPUWO, 07 JUN (NAMPA) - Recognised traditional leaders in the Kunene Region say the Traditional Authorities' Act No 25 of 2000 needs to be amended to include guidance on disputes over boundaries or areas of jurisdiction between chiefs.
The traditional chiefs of recognised traditional authorities in the Kunene Region raised this concern with the Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Charles Namoloh on Wednesday during a meeting held at Opuwo.
The traditional leaders said they have no guidelines on how to resolve disputes pertaining to traditional boundaries in the current Traditional Authorities' Act, as it is silent on that subject.
This makes it difficult for leaders to come up with straightforward solutions, and they have to instead speculate and rely on oral history and old maps to resolve disputes, which is sometimes not taken in good faith.
The traditional leaders thus called on the minister to look into this issue as a matter of urgency.
Namoloh consulted with his advisors, who confirmed that the Traditional Authorities' Act is in fact silent about disputes over boundaries or areas of jurisdiction.
Section 12 of the current Traditional Authorities' Act, which was gazetted on 22 December 2000, says under ?Settlement of Disputes? only about disputes when members of traditional communities choose their chief or headman, and procedures thereof.
The entire section on the settlement of disputes is only about succession.
Namoloh assured the traditional leaders that he will look into the issue, and invited them
visit his office with ideas of what needs to be done to improve the living standards of the broader Namibian community.
?Traditional leaders are helping the government in administering at the grassroots, and that is why we are providing them with transport to reach all corners where the communities are,? he stated.
Namoloh was in the Kunene Region on a familiarisation visit on Wednesday and Thursday.