‘No battle is won without a fight, let’s work together’: |Khowese Gaob

07 Jul 2019 12:10pm
GIBEON, 07 JUL (NAMPA) – Newly coroneted Gaob of the |Khowesen Traditional Authority, Hendrik Ismael Witbooi said there is a common understanding that no battle is won without a fight, therefore the |Khowese clan needs to work together and stand firm against forces of division.
He made the remarks after he was installed at Gibeon Saturday as Gaob of the |Khowese, succeeding late former deputy prime minister Reverend Hendrik Witbooi, who was the leader of the clan since 1978 till his death in 2009.
He urged the Nama clan to unite “as falsehood is endemic and wants to divide the |Khowese from within”.
“Our people, especially the elders are used to cause division and I, as Gaob of the clan, call on you to refuse to listen to those who tell you that you don’t have customs. I was in recess for nine years, because I held my horses patiently for a resolve on the leadership dispute,” Witbooi said.
The |Khowese have been without an official Gaob or Kaptein after the community’s acting chief, Christiaan Rooi, died in 2015.
A bid Friday to stop the coronation of the new chief failed after a court application by members of the Witbooi royal house, former Namibia high commissioner to Zambia, Salomon Josephat Witbooi, his mother Anna Jacobs, Elizabeth Kock, Christina Fredericks and Reverend Penias Topnaar for an urgent interdict was rejected.
High Court Judge Thomas Masuku ordered that the interdict application did not meet the strict requirements to be heard as an urgent matter.
Gaob Witbooi further said it will be a challenging task to unify the clan, but that he will “die trying”.
“We will engage God and we will pray until we stand united against all evils. The time has arrived that we must reroute our negative energies to fight positively as a collective for the betterment of the clan,” he added.
He called on the clan to dissolve their aggression as it means that other people would not have to walk on eggshells around them; worried that they might say something offending.
Witbooi also said that disputes within the clan should stop “because their prayers have been answered”.
“Allow me to humbly plea to you not to forget, but forgive the beaten painful timeline that led to dirty infighting, but the process echoes the importance of the |Khowese customs,” he said.
He thanked the Government of the Republic of Namibia for honouring the customs of the clan and recognising the |Khowese customary law, which he said is its guiding document.