Mbumba urges exemplary leadership in traditional authorities

30 Jun 2019 11:30am
DIVUNDU, 30 JUN (NAMPA) - Vice President Nangolo Mbumba has encouraged traditional leaders to be exemplary and to be mindful of the fact that leadership disputes result in their communities suffering.
He made the remarks in a speech delivered on his behalf on Saturday at the Hambukushu Cultural Festival. The festival was held under the theme ‘Pinduthe Thitjo’, a Mbukushu phrase which means ‘Uplift our culture’.
Mbumba said it appears as if leadership disputes have become more frequent, which leads to infighting.
“Those who are doing so should know that Namibia is governed by the rule of law... Be mindful that it is the community you serve that suffers when disputes arise. As the saying goes, ‘When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers’,” the vice president said.
Mbumba also noted that cultural festivals should be held regularly as they educate people about moral and ethical values, customs, norms and the history and functions of traditional authorities.
“I call upon your traditional authority to continue creating platforms like this one, as there is no greater virtue than that of bringing people together under one umbrella to uplift one’s culture,” he said.
The vice president further said with improved learning, increased tolerance and opportunities to come together with others, culture enhances the quality of life and increases overall well-being for both individuals and communities.
The cultural festival was amongst others attended by the Hambukushu Traditional Authority’s Fumu Erwin Munika Mbambo, Kavango East Governor Samuel Mbambo and members of the Hambukushu community from Botswana and Angola.