Kudumo appointed Uukwangali Chief

08 May 2017 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 08 MAY (NAMPA) – Hompa (Chief) Eugene Siwombe Kudumo, grandson of the late Uukwangali Chief, was officially installed as Chief of the Uukwangali Traditional Authority by Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa on Friday.
Kudumo was appointed chief in 2015 following the death of his grandfather, Hompa Sitentu Daniel Mpasi, in December 2014.
The late chief had publicly announced Kudumo as heir to the Uukwangali throne prior to his death.
However, there have been objections by 13 members of the traditional authority challenging Kudumo’s chieftaincy.They argued that there were irregularities and that customary procedures were not followed in designating Kudumo as chief.
In a speech read on her behalf at the occasion in Okahenge village in the Kavango West Region, Shaningwa said that Kudumo was installed following the approval of his application as per provision of the relevant sections of the Traditional Authorities Act No. 25 of 2000.
“Your community expects from you a leadership role that is responsive to their needs and that you lead by example,” said Shaningwa.
She urged members of the community to articulate their need for delivery of services or access to land within the parameters of the law by following the rules and procedures as laid down in the laws of the country.
Shaningwa further called on Kudumo to be in the forefront of educating the community to understand that Namibia’s democratic dispensation is based on the rule of law.
“Traditional leaders at grassroots level are important to play a crucial role in supporting the government’s rural development programmes and projects in order to fight poverty and improve rural sanitation,” Shaningwa said.
She further urged community members and traditional councillors to work together to ascertain customary law to provide certainty, especially with regard to leadership succession and to avoid squabbles and divisive disputes over succession.