State House deliberates with disputing Ondonga parties

19 Aug 2018 12:30pm
ONAMUNGUNDO, 19 AUG (NAMPA) – Ondonga Traditional Authority senior councillor for the Oniimwandi District, Naeman Amalwa says leaders in government and elsewhere in Namibia are in solidarity with Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas against the decision for him to testify in court.
Amalwa made these remarks whilst addressing community members in the Ondonga Royal House at Onamungundo near Olukonda in the Oshikoto Region on Saturday. This comes after an order by Judge Maphios Cheda of the High Court’s Oshakati division for Ondonga king, Elifas to be brought to court to give oral evidence.
“Founding President Sam Nujoma was at ombala (the palace) recently to show his solidarity with Omukwaniilwa (king) and President Hage Geingob in his letter inviting us to State House has also indicated that he does not want our Omukwaniilwa to be taken to court,” said Amalwa.
Asked after the meeting when the king’s delegation will travel to Windhoek, Amalwa said they will have a consultative meeting with Geingob at State House on Monday.
In a letter addressed to the Ondonga Royal House, seen by Nampa, Geingob stated that it has come to his knowledge that the High Court has issued an interim ruling for Elifas’ physical presence for the purpose of giving testimony in the case of dismissed Ondonga senior councillors.
Geingob’s letter was dated 15 August and addressed to the royal house for Amalwa’s attention.
“I am engaging you, as I have done with your adversaries, from the point of view of a person seeking to ensure that the dignity of Tatekulu Kauluma is not negated by having him paraded in a court of law and embarrassed in front of his people,” reads Geingob’s letter.
Joseph Asino, Peter Kauluma, Vilho Kamanya and John Walenga are the Ondonga senior councillors dismissed along with junior councillors, Kashona kaMalulu, Fillemon Nambili and Tonata Ngulu, by Elifas in July last year.
They are now challenging their dismissal in the High Court and have demanded the ailing Elifas to be brought to court to testify, arguing the decision for them to be fired was not his.
The Oshakati Division of the High Court accepted the demand and Judge Cheda on 09 August granted 14 days to the lawyers of the two parties to set a date for Elifas to attend the court to confirm whether he indeed fired the councillors.
The dismissed group confirmed on Sunday that they had a consultative meeting on the matter with Geingob at State House on Wednesday.
The interventions by Geingob and Nujoma comes before the lapsing of the prescribed 14 court days.