25 Nov 2018 16:10pm
OKATUMBA GATE, 25 NOV (NAMPA) Chief Turimuro Hoveka was on Saturday officially installed as head of the Hoveka Traditional Authority, following his recognition by Government in that capacity last month.
Hoveka was installed in this position at a colourful ceremony at Okatumba Gate in the Otjombinde Constituency of the Omaheke Region.
Hoveka will reign over the Eiseb community of this constituency.
Traditional praise singing, warrior chants as well as traditional cavalry and infantry drills formed part of the day that had those in attendance dressed in a pool of red, green or white traditional attire.
Delivering his acceptance speech on the day, Chief Hoveka extended a hand of cooperation to all members of his community regardless of their political or other affiliations.
He said he was also open to working with all traditional councils, even those that had sour relations with the Hoveka Traditional Authority.
I am prepared to work with everyone, even those that we had never worked [with] before, in the interest of development, he said.
Hoveka further pledged to work towards the economic development of the Eiseb community over which he now has official jurisdiction.
Special Advisor to the Minister of Urban and Rural Development on traditional matters, Phillip Tjerije tasked Hoveka to lead his people with dignity and humility in their quest for economic development.
You must play a central role in educating your community on the rule of law and democracy, while allowing them to contribute in the economic and social strata of your society, he said.
He said Hoveka is expected to preserve and protect the history and cultural heritage of his people as the head of the Hoveka Traditional Authority.
Tjerije similarly called for cooperation amongst the traditional leaders in the Eiseb area, noting that such cooperation will enhance the development of the communities they serve.
The event was also graced by other sitting traditional leaders such as Ovaherero Traditional Authority Chief, Vekuii Rukoro; Ovambanderu Traditional Council Chief, Aletta Nguvauva and Chief Sam Kambazembi of the Kambazembi Royal House, amongst others.
The ceremony was in line with Section 5 (7) of the Traditional Authorities Act, and is part of the process towards the eventual gazetting of the chief and his traditional authority.
He was officially recognised by Government in that capacity through the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga, on 22 October 2018.