Okalongo community body faces its councillor

10 Jan 2017 17:40pm
ONANDJABA, 10 JAN (NAMPA) – The Okalongo Based Development Community Body (OBDCB) on Sunday held a meeting at Onandjaba settlement where its leadership denied allegations that its activities are politically influenced.
The body’s leadership also shot down allegations it is spearheading tribalism in favour of the Oshimbadja-speaking people of Okalongo, while people from various tribes inhabit the constituency.
Omusati regional councillor for the Okalongo Constituency, Laurentius Iipinge was singled out during the meeting as the source of the allegations because he approached the eight northern traditional authorities’ joint council to call the OBDCB to order.
Iipinge is also accused of telling the traditional council that the Ombadja Traditional Authority supports the ‘politically motivated’ activities of the OBDCB.
A letter Iipinge wrote on 30 May 2016 and addressed to the northern eight traditional authorities’ joint council was presented during the community meeting.
However, secretary of the OBDCB, Jordaan Thomas said the OBDCB is only concerned with the illegal allocation of plots at Okalongo settlement, adding it is not a political body.
“I have noticed that this body has created chaos in the constituency as it is divisive. I wish to therefore appeal to your office to advise the Ombadja Traditional Authority to distance itself from political matters,” read the letter.
Iipinge claimed the body was created in association with the Ombadja Traditional Authority and reports to that authority.
“This body was created specifically as some kind of opposition to my election as constituency councillor last year,” he claimed in his letter, adding that the OBDCB was established to derail him from performing his tasks.
Approached for comment on Monday, Iipinge was surprised to learn that his letter landed in the hands of the OBDCB before a council response.
“I am still waiting for the eight traditional authorities to respond to my appeal.”
He said his letter was aimed at finding out from the said traditional authorities’ council if their procedures allow traditional leaders to participate in demonstrations.
Spokesperson of the council of eight traditional authorities, Joseph Asino told Nampa on Tuesday the council views Iipinge's concern as an issue to be dealt with by him and the Ombadja Traditional Authority.
“His letter was dismissed at one of our meetings and it is now for the Ombadja Traditional Authority to handle the issue, as it worth no consideration for our council,” said Asino.
Iipinge said a certain leader in the Ombadja Traditional Authority participated in a demonstration held in May last year at Outapi to demand the removal of Okalongo settlement Chief Control Administrative Officer, Amandus Kandowa.
Demonstrators accused Kandowa of being involved in the alleged illegal sale of plots at Okalongo settlement.
Omusati Governor Erginus Endjala last month appointed a committee to investigate the illegal plot allegations. Chairperson of the Endjala-appointed committee, Vilho Nhoni informed this news agency Tuesday that the committee has not yet commenced with investigations.
Nhoni, who is also chairperson of the OBDCB, could not shed light on when investigations will start.
Both the Endjala and Ombadja traditional authorities were not immediately available for comment.