Ukwangali Chief condemns xenophobia

28 Apr 2015 11:40am
KAHENGE, 28 APR (NAMPA) - The newly coroneted leader of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority, Chief Eugene Kudumo Siwombe has condemned any tendencies of ‘divide and rule’ or any other manifested form of division based on clans, race and tribes within the Ukwangali community.
Speaking during his official coronation at Kahenge village in the Kavango West Region on Saturday, Siwombe told his subjects that they have been living together peacefully for many years, and he sees no reason why there should be any division between them.
He said such divisions are not conducive to a common identity of being African citizens, regardless of the borders of the countries in which people find themselves.
Siwombe used the opportunity to condemn the xenophobic attacks in some parts of South Africa, saying xenophobia has no place in Namibia, the African continent and the world at large.
The new Ukwangali leader indicated that inter-cultural marriages have been practiced within the Ukwangali community long before independence, and are still viewed as a sign of unity among members from different cultural backgrounds.
He promised to promote peace and unity within the Ukwangali community.
Siwombe, an accountant by profession, was recently crowned as the 21st leader of the Ukwangali people at the Kahenge tribal hall near Nkurenkuru town, some 120 kilometres west of Rundu.
The crowning of a new chief became necessary after the death of Chief Daniel Sitentu Mpasi on 17 December last year. He died at the age of 80 after a long illness.
Siwombe was publicly announced by the late Mpasi as the heir to the Ukwangali throne.
The late Mpasi was leader for 35 years. He took over from his cousin, the late Chief Joseph Kandjimi, who died in 1979.