Traditional conflicts delay development in Kunene

12 May 2018 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 12 MAY (NAMPA) – Chairperson of the Kunene Regional Council, Julius Kaujova blames traditional leaders for the delay in development of the Kunene Region.
In an interview with Nampa on Thursday, Kaujova said most capital projects in the region have not been completed because of conflict between leaders.
“There is a real need for our leaders to change the way they think about the development of the region to the benefit of the people under their jurisdiction, instead of them wanting to be recognised as traditional leaders by government,” Kaujova said.
He pointed to the dispute between the Kapika brothers - Mutaambanda and Hikuminue – over the chieftainship of the Ombuku Traditional Authority.
A delayed project, Kaujova highlighted, is a garden planned at the Okaoko-Otavi village because of disagreements between some members of the community, which according to Kaujova is politically motivated.
Kunene Governor, Marius Sheya recently had to postpone a meeting with traditional leaders because they had personal agendas, such as not being recognised by government, and not developmental as was expected to be discussed.
Sheya told this agency recently he then requested the traditional leaders to come up with developmental issues at their villages when they come for the next meeting on a date still to be determined.