13 Nov 2016 15:40pm
GIBEON, 13 NOV (NAMPA) The |Hôa |Aran ||Aixa ||Aes Afrikaner Traditional Authority (ATA) on Saturday installed Eduard Afrikaner as its chief at a ceremony held at Farm Koherab.
The farm is situaed in the Hardap Regions Gibeon district.
The ceremony was attended by over 1 000 |Hôa |Aran ||Aixa || Aes clan members dressed in their traditional attire. Afrikaner is the 10th chief of the Afrikaner Traditional Authority. The ATA had been without a chief since chief Hendrina Martha Afrikaner died in a car accident in 2011.
Speaking at the coronation ceremony, Hardap Governor Esme Isaack said since 2011, a succession dispute within the ATA left the clan lagging behind.
The clan was split in two as the late Isak ||Gowaseb and Petrus Olman were locked in a dispute over who should lead the clan.
As per Afrikaner customary law and the Traditional Authority Act, as well as the supreme authority (the chief council), six senior council members were elected on a rotational basis to make decisions on behalf of the chief.
Eligible candidates were identified to contest the chieftainship.
The dispute left this community in the cold, without a traditional leader for half a decade. The government being the custodian of the well-being of the community did not sit idle on this pressing issue and constituted an investigation team which extensively engaged the representatives of the clan and together it was resolved to elect a new chief through a ballot on 23 July this year, Isaack said.
She said the coronation of the chief is a demonstration of the unity within the Afrikaner community and a milestone in the history of the Afrikaners.
Now is the time for you to recapture and jealously retain and safeguard your traditional norms, values and culture. Pen down your history and supplement it by way of reliable narrations for the future generation and for them to know where they are coming from and where their destiny is, she said.
The chairperson of the Nama Traditional Leaders Association (NTLA), Seth Kooitjie said the NTLA is grateful for the way the division in the authority was resolved.
I am grateful that you finally overcame the division that is so widespread in the traditional leadership, paralysing our communities from making headway in the development of our areas of jurisdiction. Now is the time to work with your clan members and work towards uplifting the community, he said.
The ceremony was amongst others attended by various chiefs of traditional authorities, Deputy Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Lucia Witbooi and Deputy Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN), Paul Hatani Kisting.