27 Sep 2015 17:50pm
UUKWANDONGO, 27 SEP (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob has wished Ongandjera King Johannes Jafet Mupiya and his traditional authority leadership strength, wisdom, perseverance and tolerance in leading the Ongandjera community.
Geingobs wishes were contained in his statement presented on his behalf by Urban and Rural Development Minister Sophia Shaningwa at the inauguration of the Ongandjera palace at Uukwandongo village in the Omusati Region on Saturday.
The inauguration of the palace coincided with the presentation of Mupiya as the 25th king of the Ongandjera tribe, succeeding his uncle Jafet Munkundi who passed away on 26 July 2012.
The Head of State said it is the duty of the Ongandjera traditional authority leadership to resolve disputes that may arise from time to time between neighbours and within families in its jurisdiction.
This must be done to ensure that there is harmony in the community so that members can focus their energy on productive pursuits and efforts, Geingob cited.
He indicated that traditional authorities, including that of the Ongandjera, are stakeholders in the development of the country and should encourage their members to focus their energies on productive activities aimed at improving the living conditions of the community.
They (traditional authorities) should encourage members of the community to establish and get involved in community projects and activities such food production through community gardens, said the President.
In addition the Namibian leader called on all traditional authorities to cooperate with the government at all levels in order to facilitate the effective implementation of government-initiated programmes.
This includes the imperative for traditional authorities to avail land for the implementation of government projects, Geingob added.
Addressing the inauguration gathering, Mupiya encouraged traditional authorities in Namibia to rally behind Geingob for the maintenance of national peace and stability.
Mupiya pledged to serve all members of the Ongandjera community, irrespective of their tribes of origin.
Founding President Sam Nujoma and Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, who are both Ongandjera, also attended the inauguration.