|Khowese Gaob must be custodian of clan’s customary law: Mushelenga

07 Jul 2019 16:30pm
GIBEON, 07 JUL (NAMPA) – Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelanga has called on the newly installed chief of the |Khowese Traditional Authority, Hendrik Ismael Witbooi, to be the custodian of the customary law of his clan.
In a speech read on his behalf at the coronation of Witbooi in Gibeon on Saturday, Mushelenga said Witbooi will be obliged to ensure that his community’s customary law is functional and applicable and that there is certainty about its application.
“In this context, you and your team of senior and traditional councillors must work together to ensure that your customary law provides certainty especially in respect of leadership succession, and by so doing avoid squabbles and costly and divisive disputes over succession in the future,” he elaborated.
He said the functions as a chief are stipulated in the Traditional Authorities (TAs) Act Number 25 of 2000 which provides for the legal framework of the role and functions of TAs.
“Regrettably, leadership changes within TAs in Namibia have not been without controversy. We have seen all over the country how various factions within traditional communities are being formed and how battle lines are drawn for fierce battle for the position of traditional leader,” the minister added.
He therefore urged Witbooi to be responsible for the maintenance of peace, order and harmony within his community, while upholding, promoting, protecting and preserving the culture, language tradition and traditional values of the traditional community.
Mushelenga further called on Witbooi as traditional leader of his community to exercise his powers and perform his duties and functions in a just manner by positively responding to the needs and aspirations of his community.
“As a member of the Council of Traditional Leaders, you will become part of the traditional leadership at national level that has a constitutional mandate of advising the President of Namibia on the control and utilisation of communal land among others,” the minister further advised.
He called on the |Khowese clan to cooperate with their chief and his leadership to enable them to deliver the much needed services to the community known for its illustrious history of resistance under their late iconic Gaob and national hero Hendrik !Nanseb Witbooi and those that followed in his footsteps.