Kalenga challenges Mushelenga's ratification of Nangolo's OTA leadership

11 Jun 2019 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JUN (NAMPA) – Royal Prince Konis Eino Kalenga has challenged the legitimacy of Prince Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo’s designation as leader of the Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA).
In a letter addressed to the Minister of Rural and Urban Development, Peya Mushelenga, written by Shikongo Law Chambers on behalf of its client Kalenga and seen by Nampa, the latter claimed the approval of Nangolo as OTA leader is unlawful and invalid.
The letter released on Monday noted that the minister failed to respond to the letter submitted by the OTA for the designation of Kalenga as Chief of the traditional authority.
“The minister failed to either approve or refuse the application submitted by OTA for Kalenga,” the letter stated.
Nangolo’s designation as OTA leader was approved as per Section 5, Article 2 of the Traditional Authorities Act of 2000, according to recent media reports.
The letter further demands a review of application with an urgent interdict to implementation of the minister’s decision.
It indicated that the minister should furnish a written assurance before close of business on Wednesday that his decision was unlawful and invalid.
“Our instructions are that you were not in a position to act fairly and reasonably in the fulfilment of your administrative function in that you were not furnished adequate information to make an informed decision as to which application to approve,” read the letter.
Nangolo’s appointment comes after a long battle between him and Kalenga, on the succession of the position vacated by the death of Immanuel Elifas Kauluma in March this year.
Nangolo was previously appointed by the late Elifas as his deputy and eventual successor.
A different faction of the royal family, however, nominated Kalenga as the next leader of OTA in accordance with the Ondonga customary laws of succession, as well as Section 5 (1) (a) of the Traditional Authorities Act 25 of 2002.