30 Jun 2019 11:20am
ONAMBANGO, 30 JUN (NAMPA) Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo was on Saturday officially installed as the 18th Omukwaniilwa (leader) of the Ondonga Traditional Community at his homestead at Onambango village near Ondangwa in the Oshana Region.
The coronation was attended by thousands of Namibians from all walks of life, including Vice President Nangolo Mbumba and Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga.
Delivering his official address, Mushelenga told those present it is compulsory by law for him to officiate at the installation after giving approval for Nangolo to be recognised as the traditional head of the Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA).
I am required by law to be here today, Mushelenga stated, confirming that he received notification from the OTA about Nangolos installation and as the minister responsible of traditional authorities, had to attend the coronation ceremony as stipulated in the Traditional Authorities Act 25 of 2000.
Mushelenga told the gathering it is high time that members of traditional authorities resolve issues in harmony in order to prevent division, saying a divided community will not be able to chart its course in unity.
The government recently recognised Nangolo as the supreme leader of the Ondonga community, succeeding Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, who died on 26 March this year.
Nangolos recognition and eventual coronation on Saturday took place amidst legal disputes with another royal prince, Konisa Kalenga, who is also a claimant to the Ondonga throne.
Kalenga and his faction approached the High Court in Windhoek for an urgent application to block Nangolos installation, but their application was on Thursday removed from the court roll on the grounds that it did not meet the requirements to be heard urgently.
Addressing the coronation, Nangolo called for unity in his community and pledged to be a servant to all within his area of jurisdiction, irrespective of affiliation to the two rival factions.
Chairperson of the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority, George Nelulu, on behalf Ohamba (leader) Martha Mwadinomho waKristian yaNelumbu, administered Nangolos swearing in.