Hendrik Ismael Witbooi becomes ninth Gaob of the |Khowese

06 Jul 2019 22:00pm
GIBEON, 06 JUL (NAMPA) – Hendrik Ismael Witbooi was on Saturday installed as the ninth Gaob of the |Khowese (Witbooi) clan at Gibeon village in the Hardap Region.
Ismael succeeds the late Gaob Hendrik Witbooi, former deputy prime minister of Namibia and leader of the |Khowese since 1978 until his death in 2009.
The coronation was earlier threatened by an application lodged by Ismael’s cousin and former Namibian high commissioner to Zambia, Salomon Josephat Witbooi, his mother Anna Jacobs, Elizabeth Kock, Christina Fredericks and Reverend Penias Topnaar, for an urgent interdict to prevent the ceremony from going ahead.
An application to have Salomon’s designation as traditional leader approved was made to Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga, but on 22 May this year Mushelenga approved an application in a letter seen by this agency, to have Ismael Witbooi officially recognised as chief.
However, the bid to stop the coronation of Ismael failed when High Court Judge Thomas Masuku on Friday ordered that the urgent interdict application should be struck off the court roll as it did not pass the test to be heard as an urgent matter.
The festivities at the southern village started with a horse procession leading the entourage of chief designate Ismael, Vice President of Namibia Nangolo Mbumba, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa and various other ministers, deputy ministers, high commissioners, governors and regional and local authority councillors.
Wife of the late Gaob Hendrik Witbooi, Johanna Sofia Witbooi handed over the original hat and staff of the clan worn and carried by the late Witbooi to the new Gaob of the clan.