Ovambanderu rivals to hear legal battle ruling in August

11 Jun 2016 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 11 JUN (NAMPA) - A decision to allow or stop the widow and the son of late Ovambanderu Paramount Chief Munjuku II Nguvauva to lay a wreath at the late chief’s grave at Okahandja, will be made public in mid-August 2016.
The leadership of the Ovambanderu Traditional Authority on 03 June 2016 brought an urgent application in the Windhoek High Court, asking the court to issue an interdict against the late chief's widow, Aletha Nguvauva and her son Mutima Rikarera Nguvauva barring them from holding a wreath laying ceremony planned on the weekend of 03 June 2016.
After having listened to submissions by lawyers of the applicant (Ovambanderu Traditional Authority) and respondents (Aletha Nguvauva and her son), Acting High Court Judge Collins Parker said he will hand down a ruling on the matter on 18 August 2016.
The ruling will be made public at about 09h00.
A senior traditional councillor and acting chief of the Ovambanderu community, Gerson Katjirua, claimed in papers before court that an earlier visit which Aletha Nguvauva made to the graves of her late husband Munjuku II Nguvauva and the revered Ovambanderu leader Kahimemua Nguvauva in May 2015 allegedly violated the sanctity of the two leaders’ sacred graves.
Katjirua also claimed that Aletha Nguvauva visited the grave of her late husband without first having gone through the required traditional and customary rituals of the Ovambanderu community.
Windhoek-based lawyer Else Angula, who represented the Ovambanderu Traditional Authority, argued that no one is allowed to visit the said graves, apart from during the annual commemorations held at the site in mid-June every year.
However, Advocate John Paul Jones, who is being assisted by Doris Hans-Kaumbi, has asked the court to allow his client to visit her husband's grave at Okahandja, saying she will comply with all the required traditional and customary rituals of the Ovambanderu people for the laying of the wreath at the grave.
Meanwhile, the Ovambanderu community’s 2016 annual commemoration of its ancestors, heroes and heroines takes place on 12 June, which was the date in 1896 on which the late chief Kahimemua Nguvauva was executed by a German colonial troop firing squad at Okahandja.
Angula was assisted by Saima Nambinga.
Advocate Jones represented Aletha Nguvauva and her son, acting on the instructions of the Ueitele and Hans law firm.