24 Nov 2014 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 24 NOV (NAMPA) President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Monday called on traditional leaders to continue spreading the message of unity, tolerance and national reconciliation in the country.
He also called on traditional leaders to continue being custodians of Namibias diverse cultures and traditional values.
As part of their roles and responsibilities, they provide guidance to our communities on matters that affect their daily lives, he said during the inauguration of the Council of Traditional Leaders headquarters in the capital.
The building was constructed at a cost of N.dollars 40 million under the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development in line with its broader strategy to improve and strengthen the administrative operations of the Council of Traditional Leaders, who are part and parcel of the Regional and Local Government structures.
The three-level building caters for operational head offices of recognised traditional authorities.
There is no doubt that strong cultural and traditional values are critical in shaping the society and guiding the people, especially the youth, Pohamba said.
With such values, our young people will be empowered to avoid negative forms of behaviour such as the abuse of drugs and alcohol, violence and criminal activities, he indicated.
He then called on the traditional leaders, parents, guardians and all adults to lead exemplary lives in order to inspire young people to always do what is right.
It is important to ensure that in exercising their rights to profess and practice culture in terms of Article 12 of our Constitution, our people should do so in a manner that respects the rights of others and contributes to the process of nation building and national reconciliation.
In this manner, we can build a better society, he indicated.
Traditional Authorities are important stakeholders in the socio-economic development of the country.
Our Government will, therefore, continue to work with you through the established channels and structures to achieve our shared goal of improving the living conditions of our people and developing our country, he said.
The Council of Traditional Leaders, which was established in terms of Article 103 of the Namibian Constitution, carries out an important task, namely to advise the president on matters pertaining to the control and utilisation of communal land, and on other matters referred to it by the president.