Shaningwa calls on traditional authorities to work with Government

19 Jun 2017 12:50pm
OKAHANDJA, 19 JUN (NAMPA) – Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa has called on traditional authorities to cooperate with Government and ensure that programmes and projects aimed at bringing development reach their communities.
In a speech read on her behalf at the 121st commemoration of the OvaMbanderu Traditional Authority and observation of the death of Chief Kahimenua Nguvauva here on Sunday, she said Namibia is free but the country still faces immense developmental challenges such as the provision of healthcare, education, housing, water and sanitation.
“A fitting tribute to our fallen heroes would be our rededication to active participation in national development programmes and activities that will bring about improvement of the livelihood of all our people,” said Shaningwa.
She emphasised that traditional leaders should draw inspiration, courage and hope from the heroic deeds and selfless sacrifices of the heroes and heroines whose lives are commemorated.
The traditional authority commemorates late Chief Kahimumua Nguvauva, who led his community in the War of Resistance against the German colonial occupation in Gobabis and Otjunda in the Omaheke Region during the 1890s, a battle which led to his defeat and subsequent capture by the oppressors.
He was taken to Okahandja as a prisoner and together with Nikodemus Kambahahiza Kavikunua was brutally executed by a German firing squad on 12 June 1896.
“Let us learn from their selfless sacrifices and exemplary spirit of patriotism and loyalty to their people and country,” said Shaningwa, adding the immense sacrifices made by forefathers and mothers in the quest for freedom and independence will enable people to cherish and appreciate the hard won freedom that everyone is enjoying today.
Over 200 people attended the commemoration that included a parade by the traditional OvaMbanderu military and performance by the St John’s Apostolic Faith Mission Brass Band.