Ukwangali Chiefs' Council chairperson to step down

13 Oct 2014 15:50pm
NKURENKURU, 13 OCT (NAMPA) - The chairperson of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority’s Chiefs’ Council Joseph Kandjimi will step down from that position before the end of this year.
Kandjimi’s decision comes at a time when investigations are being conducted by the Office of the Kavango West regional governor regarding alleged land-grabbing and other dubious land sales in the Ukwangali Traditional Authority.
He was supposed to step down last Saturday, but his resignation was delayed to December by Chiefs’ Council members to give time to the ailing Ukwangali leader Chief Sitentu Mpasi to recover and appoint someone who would replace Kandjimi.
Kandjimi, a former Education Inspector in the Kavango regions, has been the chairperson of that Chiefs’ Council since 2009.
Fellow Chiefs’ Council member Eugene Siwombe confirmed to Nampa on Monday that the chairperson had indeed indicated his intention to step down, but that he will still be available until December this year.
Siwombe, who is the heir-in-line to the Ukwangali throne, said Kandjimi cited other work commitments and his health condition as some of the reasons why he is giving up his position.
He denied rumours that the resignation has something to do with the ongoing land-grabbing investigations, saying those are not part of the reasons.
Another Chiefs’ Council member, Mbandu Hawanga, denied reports that the resignation was motivated by the current investigation, saying Kandjimi is indeed also one of the investigators.
Efforts by this reporter to obtain comments from Kandjimi proved futile.