Nangolo asks Ondonga community to unite

14 Apr 2019 19:30pm
ONAMBANGO, 14 APR (NAMPA) – Royal Prince Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo, one of two individuals appointed on Sunday to succeed Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Elifas, has appealed to the Ondonga community to remain calm.
Nangolo, addressing hundreds of members of the community who gathered at his homestead at Onambango village near Ondangwa to welcome him as the new head of the Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA), said differences between the opposing factions should not divide them.
A faction led by OTA acting chairperson Vilho Kamanja appointed Nangolo as the new Omukwaniilwa (king) early on Sunday at his homestead.
The other faction, royal family senior elder Selma Gwanandjokwe Shejavali, appointed another royal prince, Konis Eino Kalenga to succeed Elifas.
Elifas died last month at the age of 86 and was laid to rest at Olukonda in the Oshikoto Region on Saturday.
“The royal family has nominated TK Konis Eino Kalenga, a 55-year-old royal prince, as the next Omukwaniilwa of Ondonga in accordance with the Ondonga customary laws of succession as well as Section 5 (1) (a) of the Traditional Authorities Act, Act 25 of 2002,” reads a public announcement document signed by Shejavali.
The same document was availed by the group to Nampa on Sunday.
Nangolo asked the opposing parties to reconcile and put aside their differences if they are to develop and take the Ondonga forward.
A media statement issued by Kamanja earlier on Sunday reads: “Tate Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo, who was long ago appointed by the late tatekulu Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas as his deputy and successor, was traditionally inaugurated as the 19th Omukwaniilwa of Ondonga.”
He added that Nangolo was inaugurated after the completion of all required rituals.
The late Elifas was the leader of the Ondonga Traditional Authority for the past 44 years.
On Friday, an urgent application filed by Kalenga and Oscar Sheehama in the Windhoek High Court to restrain Nangolo from prematurely acting like Elifas’s successor, was struck off the roll.
They had asked the court to stop Nangolo from appointing a successor or taking over the position in that capacity in the urgent application filed Thursday.