New Ukwangali Chief to be crowned this month
03 Apr 2015 13:30pm
MAYARA, 03 APR (NAMPA) - The new Chief of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority in the Kavango West Region will be coronated on 22 April this year.
Eugene Siwombe, 44, has been confirmed by the traditional authority as the heir in line to the Ukwangali throne.
The crowning of a new chief was necessitated by the death of Chief Daniel Sientu Mpasi on 17 December last year.
He died at the age of 80 after a long illness.
The coronation event will take place the Kahenge tribal office community hall, and will be conducted in accordance with the customs and traditions of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority.
Ukwangali chief council member Mbandu Hawanga told Nampa recently that several high-ranking Government officials, other traditional authority leaders, various church leaders and Ukwangali subjects will witness the event.
Meanwhile, the Ukwangali Traditional Authority chief council is currently constructing a new palace, which is set to be ready before the coronation.
The new palace will be situated adjacent to the old palace of late Chief Mpasi at the Mayara village.
The palace is being construction with assistance from members of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and some Ukwangali subjects who volunteered.
Siwombe had earlier indicated his readiness to take up the challenge to serve his Ukwangali subjects. He will be the 21st leader of the Ukwangali people.
The late Mpasi was leader for 35 years.
He took over from his cousin, the late Chief Joseph Kandjimi, who died in 1979.