Geingob urges traditional authorities to stop infighting

10 Sep 2018 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 10 SEP (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob has appealed to traditional authorities to refrain from infighting and to focus their attention on nation-building.
He made the appeal during the official opening of the 21st Annual Meeting of the Council of Traditional Leaders here on Monday.
“Unfortunately, the integrity of our traditional authorities has come under threat due to infighting and instances of leadership succession disputes that prevail to date,” Geingob said.
The president said these incidents do not contribute to the promotion and preservation of unity and the interest of the community.
Echoing Geingob, Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga said the failure of traditional authorities to reach consensus in honouring decisions and recommendations by investigation committees appointed by the ministry waste public resources.
Meanwhile in a statement read on his behalf, chairperson of the Council for Traditional Leaders, King Elifas Kauluma blamed the disputes on “academics promoting their own interests”.
He called on them to respect the existing customary laws and instead use their academic skills to enhance good governance within the institutions of traditional authorities.
The week-long meeting will amongst others discuss cooperation between traditional authorities, regional councils and local authorities; challenges in community courts; the state of hygiene and sanitation in urban and rural areas and how traditional authorities can benefit from fishing quotas.