Attempt to stop coronation of Gibeon /Khowese clan leader fails

05 Jul 2019 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 05 JUL(NAMPA) – An attempt by Namibia’s former ambassador to Zambia, Salomon Josephat Witbooi, to stop the coronation of the newly-designated leader of the Gibeon /Khowese clan (Witbooi Nama clan), has failed in the High Court on Friday.
The coronation of Hendrik Ismael ‘Isaxub’ Witbooi as the new designated leader or Kaptein of the Gibeon /Khowese clan can now go ahead as planned for Saturday, 06 July 2019, at the village of Gibeon in the Hardap Region after an urgent application by Salomon was struck from the roll of the Windhoek High Court on Friday.
The application was struck from the roll of the High Court because it is not urgent and cannot be allowed to jump the long queue cases filed before the court, High Court Judge, Thomas Masuku, said on Friday.
He added that the application was struck from the roll of the High Court in terms of the provisions of Rule 73 for non-compliance with the strict requirements to be heard as an urgent matter.
In the matter, the former ambassador unsuccessfully wanted the High Court to issue an immediate interim interdict to stop and set aside the coronation of Hendrik Ismael ‘Isaxub’ Witbooi as the new designated leader or Kaptein of the Gibeon /Khowese clan.
The former ambassador is claiming that he is rightful heir to the throne of the Gibeon /Khowese clan, and not Hendrick Ismael 'Isaxub' Witbooi.
Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga and other senior government officials are expected to be present at the coronation ceremony after the ministry approved the application of Hendrik ‘Isaxub’ Witbooi for recognition over the past few months.
The former Namibian ambassador to Zambia was initially installed as the leader or Kaptein of the Gibeon /Khowese clan in a controversial event on 06 October 2015 amid unresolved succession disputes within the members of the clan.
He wanted to succeed former Prime Minister Hendrik Witbooi, who led the clan for 31 years until his death in 2009.
The applicants in the failed attempt to stop the coronation are Ambassador Salomon Josephat Witbooi, Elizabeth Kock Witbooi, Christina Fredericks, Anna Jacobs and Penias Eduart Topnaar. They were represented by Dennis Khama.
The respondents are Mushelenga, President Hage Geingob, Hendrik Ismael Witbooi, Simon Otto Jacobs and traditional leaders of the Witbooi Traditional Authority.
Lawyers Sylivia Kahengombe and Jolanda Hinda assisted Ngatatue Kandovazu in representing the respondents during the hearing.
(NAMPA)
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