Police halt Ondonga palace demonstration

07 Sep 2017 18:30pm
ONGWEDIVA, 07 SEP (NAMPA) – A peaceful demonstration to the Ondongo Palace planned for Friday by disgruntled members of the Ondonga community, has been called off after the police informed them that King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas was not ready to see them.
The demonstration was organised by a faction of the Ondonga community which associate with seven traditional councillors dismissed a few months ago by the Ondonga king on charges of misconduct.
The faction planned to march to Elifas’s palace to demand to see him.
One of the leaders of the planned demonstration, Kennedy Iilonga, told Nampa at Ongwediva on Thursday Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Commander in the Oshana Region, Commissioner Rauha Amwele and her management on Wednesday prohibited the demonstration.
“Amwele and some of her senior officials told me that our planned demonstration is disallowed because omukwaniilwa (king) is not ready to talk to us,” Iilonga said.
He said they are going to investigate whether the king was really not prepared to talk to them, and will afterwards decide what further action to take.
The faction’s attempt to have the bank account of the Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA) frozen at the First National Bank (FNB) at Ondangwa and demand for the acting secretary of the OTA, Nepando Amupanda to vacate the office, are stated as some of the reasons that resulted in the disapproval of their visit to the palace.
Speaking to Nampa via telephone Wednesday, Elifas’s press aid, Naeman Amalwa, said the OTA has procedures that allow senior councillors and people of their respective districts to visit the palace in an orderly fashion.
“There are elements of threats in the action of this faction. Therefore, omukwaniilwa and OTA rejected their visit to the palace,” Amalwa claimed.
However, Iilonga said their planned visit to the palace is genuine, and was just to meet their king whom they have not seen publicly for a long time.
Approached for comment, Amwele said it is not correct to say the police disallowed their visit.
“We informed him that omukwaniilwa is not ready to speak to them as per the reasons stated in the letter we handed to him,” Amwele replied.
The dismissed traditional councillors are OTA Council Chairperson Peter Kauluma, Joseph Asino (OTA secretary), Vilho Kamanya, John Walenga, Kashona kaMalulu, Fillemon Nambili and Tonata Ngulu.