Ministry's role not to encroach on TA customary laws: Shaningwa

09 Nov 2017 20:10pm
RUNDU, 09 NOV (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Urban and Rural Development is limited to the application of existing laws when it comes to solving disputes in traditional authorities.
Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa said this during the official opening of the 20th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Council of Traditional Leaders in Namibia held at Rundu on Wednesday.
The council was established in order to advise the President on the control and utilisation of communal land and on all such other matters as may be referred to it by the President for advice.
“The role of the ministry is not to encroach on the customary laws of the traditional authorities, which are the primary traditional norms driving the overall affairs of any traditional authority,” Shaningwa said.
Shaningwa said with limited resources at the ministry’s disposal, it was consulted to investigate disputes on succession and land issues among traditional authorities.
“However, we can only reach consensus if members of the traditional authorities own up to findings, decisions and recommendations of the investigative committee,” she stated.
The minister said during the 18th AGM, the council of traditional leaders adopted a resolution that all disputes should be resolved at regional level through the mediation of the regional governor.
Central Government or the minister, she stressed, will only be involved if all avenues have been exhausted at regional level.
President Hage Geingob officially opened the meeting, which started Monday and ends on Friday.