Basson calls on chiefs to consult with communities

11 Oct 2016 13:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 11 OCT (NAMPA) - //Kharas Governor Lucia Basson has appealed for chiefs to engage with their communities and to consult with them on matters pertaining to traditional authorities.
Speaking at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Council of Traditional Leaders in Keetmanshoop on Monday, Basson said problems can be minimised if chiefs speak to their people.
“If you meet with your subordinates and speak to them, then problems in the country will decrease.”
She said many of the problem-plagued traditional authorities refuse to engage in discussions when Government attempts to intervene.
“When there are leadership battles and Government tries to come up with impartial solutions, these authorities refuse to cooperate and the disputes continue because they do not want to listen.”
The roles of traditional leaders are to promote culture and to give the youth direction in life, she added.
“They need to return to our young people and teach them about culture preservation and discipline. The youth need to know what is good in their communities and should learn about the traditional arts, dress, foods and medicine.”
Disputes waste valuable time and keep traditional authorities from imparting valuable norms to their people, Basson said.
“Stop the squabbles and focus instead on improving the lives of your people. Let us work together on efforts to do away with poverty in these drought-stricken times,” Basson said as she called on traditional leaders at the meeting to discuss problems this week and also to come up with solutions.
The meeting ends on Friday.