TA succession discussions should be prioritised: Isaack

14 Nov 2016 13:00pm
GIBEON, 14 NOV (NAMPA) - Discussions around succession should be prioritised to avoid situations where the death of traditional authority leaders cause division amongst their followers.
Hardap Governor Esme Isaack made these remarks during the coronation of |Hôa |Aran ||Aixa ||Aes Chief Eduard Afrikaner at Farm Koherab in the Gibeon district on Saturday.
“These practices tend to sow discord amongst clan members and cause division amongst families and friends. Start the discussions during the tenure of your incumbent chiefs,” Isaack said.
She applauded the |Hôa |Aran ||Aixa ||Aes for the way in which they resolved their chieftainship dispute and commended the peaceful manner in which they elected the new chief.
Following the death of Chief Hendrina Martha Afrikaner in a car accident in August 2011, 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.
Olman was acting chief of the Afrikaner community after the chief’s death, but a concerned group wanted ||Gowaseb, who was chairperson before Afrikaner died, to act as chief. Olman was one of six senior council members elected to lead the clan on a rotational basis for a period of four months until a successor was found. This was done as per Afrikaner customary law and the Traditional Authority Act, as well as the chief council.
A ministerial team from the line ministry along with the Governor’s office was then set up to engage the affected groups and recommended for elections between two candidates: Eduard Afrikaner and Frank Afrikaner (not related).
“I am calling upon the Afrikaner traditional leadership and the community to remain united for the common good,” Isaack said.
She also called on traditional leadership of the various clans and communities to align their development initiatives and innovations with the National Development Plans, Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) and other government programmes and activities.
“This will pull your communities out of socio-economic challenges such as hunger, poverty, unemployment and disease,” she said.