Kalenga’s faction surrenders OTA office keys

09 Jul 2019 12:20pm
ONGWEDIVA, 09 JUL (NAMPA) – Royal prince Konisa Kalenga’s faction has surrendered the Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA) office to the governor of the Oshana Region on Monday.
Governor Elia Irimari confirmed to Nampa on Monday that Kalenga’s faction gave up and surrendered the keys to the OTA offices to his office on Monday morning.
“All the keys to the OTA office have been surrendered to us, as well as the official vehicle which is now parked on our premises,” stated Irimari.
This comes after the legal defeat Kalenga’s faction suffered in the Windhoek High Court, where it recently attempted to stop the installation of Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo as the successor of the late Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas of the OTA.
A member of Kalenga’s faction, Nepando Amupanda, who has been in charge of the OTA office since July 2017 is said to have given the keys to a senior officer from Irimari’s office.
Irimari in turn will hand the keys over to the new Ondonga leadership under Nangolo.
Approached for comment on Tuesday, Amupanda was unwilling to confirm that he surrendered the keys.
“Can’t you properly ask those who have told you that?” he said before hanging up the phone.
A succession dispute ensued after the death of king Elifas in March this year.
Kalenga and his faction approached the High Court for an urgent application to block Nangolo’s installation, but their application was removed from the court roll on the grounds it did not meet the requirements to be heard urgently.
Thousands of Ondonga community members on 29 June gathered at Nangolo’s palace in Onambango village near Ondangwa to witness his installation, also attended by Vice President Nangolo Mbumba and Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga.