Vote of no confidence passed in Chief Kambazembi

20 Jan 2016 08:30am
OTJIWARONGO, 20 JAN (NAMPA) – Senior councillors of the Kambazembi Royal Traditional Authority on Tuesday passed a vote of no confidence in their leader, Chief Sam Kambazembi.
Immediately after the vote, the traditional councillors wrote a letter demanding the immediate removal of Kambazembi, and the Chairperson of the traditional authority, Vetondouua Maharero handed over the letter officially to Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Otto Ipinge here on Tuesday.
The letter, which was seen by Nampa, carries several signatures of senior traditional authority councillors of Okakarara, Okotjituuo, Okamatapati, Ovitoto, Okondjatu and Gam settlements.
In the letter, the senior councillors complained that the traditional authority has known no peace ever since Kambazembi came into power in October 2014.
“We have been aggrieved since the chief came into power in 2014, despite our numerous attempts to consult him,” the councillors noted in the letter.
They accused the chief of mismanagement and abuse of power, misuse of traditional authority funds and consuming alcohol in public and at community meetings.
The traditional councillors said Chief Kambazembi recently appointed eight traditional councillors without consulting them, which is against customary law.
They told Ipinge that the chief is planning to replace them with the new traditional councillors, and claimed that they are targeted and mistreated because they are members of the Swapo Party, while Kambazembi is a loyal member of the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo).
The councillors are now calling on Governor Ipinge and the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa to hold Kambazembi accountable on the misuse and abuse of funds of the traditional authority.
They also called on the minister to de-gazette the eight new traditional councillors who were recently appointed by Kambazembi without any input from the traditional authority’s council.
Contacted for his comment on the allegations, Kambazembi told Nampa that the argument with the senior councillors started on Saturday, after one of the concerned councillors angrily exited a meeting mid-session at the traditional authority’s office in Okakarara.
He said the councillor got angry when he heard about the appointment of the eight additional new traditional councillors.
Kambazembi said after the angry councillor left the meeting, he (the chief) told those who remained that according to the rules of the traditional authority, any council member who boycotts traditional meetings or exits such meetings in such a manner, automatically dismisses himself from the traditional council.
The chief denied the accusations related to political party differences, saying the councillors who reported him to the Office of the Otjozondjupa Regional Governor are well-known Swapo Party supporters, but his political party membership remains a secret.
Kambazembi urged the worried councillors to work with him in harmony.
Ipinge, on his part, on Tuesday said he will forward the letter of the vote of no confidence to Minister Sophia Shaningwa.
Chief Sam Kambazembi succeeded his late brother Uaakutjo Kambazembi in 2014.
The Kambazembi Royal House or traditional authority is recognised by the Namibian Government.