Ondonga Council surrenders court interdict

11 Apr 2017 17:50pm
ONDANGWA, 11 APR (NAMPA) – The demonstration by a faction of the Ondonga community at Oluno and Oniipa near Ondangwa on Monday has forced the Ondonga Traditional Authority Council to withdraw its application for an urgent court interdict.
Secretary of the Ondonga Traditional Authority Council, Joseph Asino on Tuesday confirmed the withdrawal in a telephonic interview with Nampa.
“It has been withdrawn because it is misinterpreted, especially by the demonstrators alleging that the council is taking the king (Immanuel Kauluma Elifas) to court,” said Asino.
He explained the court interdict was needed to halt the installation of Ester gwaShamba Nepando as the new senior councillor for the Uukwanambwa District.
Nepando was supposed to be installed this weekend, following her appointment the previous month to replace Wilbard Lidker, who was dismissed earlier this year for misconduct.
The Ondonga Traditional Authority Council on 27 March 2017 filed an urgent application in the High Court in Windhoek to halt Nepando’s planned installation until Lidker’s case is thoroughly dealt with.
The council on 09 March issued a letter to its lawyer, Sisa Namandje, to facilitate a court interdict and block the installation.
In the same letter, which is in possession of Nampa, teh council indicated that it decided on 08 March to reject Nepando’s appointment on the grounds of no consultations.
The council believes a third force rushed to appoint Nepando, using the name of the ailing Elifas, without considering that such appointment requires a blessing of the Ondonga leadership.
The opposition to Nepando’s installation then prompted a faction of the Ondonga community to protest against the council’s resolve.
Led by Jerry Kambala, demonstrators on Monday handed over a petition to Oshikoto Governor, Henock Kankoshi at Oniipa and demanded that the Ondonga Traditional Authority Council be suspended.
They also suggested that the Ondonga Traditional Authority office be closed and its bank account frozen until further notice, and that the appointment of Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo as Elifas’s personal assistant be nullified.
They carried placards labelling Asino and the Chairperson of the Ondonga Traditional Authority Council, Peter Kauluma as traitors.
Approached for comment on Tuesday afternoon, Kambala declined to confirm if Nepando’s installation will proceed this weekend.