20 Apr 2019 12:30pm
OLUNO, 20 APR (NAMPA) Royal prince Konis Eino Kalenga, who has been nominated by the Ondonga royal family to succeed the late Omukwaniilwa (king) Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, has called on the community of Ondonga to embrace peace.
Kalenga made the call at a meeting he held for the first time since his nomination as the designated Omukwaniilwa, at Oluno suburb in Ondangwa on Friday.
It was a consultative meeting between Kalenga and the elders of the Ondonga community.
I am here today to announce to you my message for peace and stability to remain in our community, Kalenga told his audience.
He also said he is prepared to serve the Ondonga community and promised that he will at a later stage appoint an advisory committee to support his leadership and to ensure that Ondonga returns to its old glory.
The royal family declared Kalenga as the designated Omukwaniilwa of Ondonga on Sunday, 14 April, the same day an opposing group of Aandonga people also appointed Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo, another royal prince, to succeed Elifas.
The group supporting Nangolo claimed Elifas appointed Nangolo in 2002 to be his deputy and successor, while an elder of the Ondonga Royal House told those participating in Fridays meeting that Kalenga, 55, was nominated in accordance with the Ondonga customary laws of succession.
Kalenga is the immediate omutekulu (nephew) of the late Omukwaniilwa Elifas and as such, he is an eligible candidate, explained another royal family member, Oscar Sheehama, whilst speaking during the meeting.
He added it is a violation of the customary laws of succession to appoint an omutekulululwa (grandnephew), like Nangolo and himself (Sheehama), as a successor.
The dispute over the late Tatekulu Omukwaniilwa Elifas successor will be difficult to resolve if the royal family is divided in groups on the matter, said Eddy Kapembe, one of the participants of the meeting.
Elifas has been on the Ondonga throne for the past 44 years before his death last month at the age of 86.