Thousands attend meeting with Nangolo

21 Apr 2019 15:30pm
ONAMBANGO, 21 APR (NAMPA) – Thousands of members of the Ondonga community on Saturday gathered at the homestead of Prince Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo at Onambango village to welcome him as the new leader of the Ondonga Traditional Authority.
Nangolo was one of two people installed by opposing groups as successors to the late Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, who led the Ondonga Traditional Authority until his death last month at the age of 86.
An opposing group of Aandonga nominated Prince Konis Eino Kalenga, an immediate omutekulu (nephew), to succeed his uncle last Sunday, the same day senior traditional councillors appointed Nangolo, a great-nephew to Elifas, to become Ondonga leader.
It is yet to be determined officially who the legitimate successor is.
“Each of you here today should take up the responsibility of promoting peace in your respective communities,” Nangolo told his cheering audience.
He emphasised that all members of Ondonga community are one people, adding that he does not want to hear that anyone is discriminated against because they belonged to the opposing group.
Ondonga Traditional Authority Council Secretary, Joseph Asino during the meeting said Elifas appointed Nangolo as his successor in 2002 and informed the government of his decision in 2004 and 2014.
“The late Tatekulu appointed him (Nangolo) to avoid confusion among the royal family and the community of Ondonga when he is no more,” Asino said.
Speaking at the same gathering, lawyer Elise Angula said the laws of the country are on the side of the community which is behind Nangolo.
She said his appointment was also done in accordance with Ondonga customary practices.