Aambalantu Have a Glance of the Stone

THE ritual fire stone that belongs to the Aambalantu was shown to the community on Friday during a gathering in Omusati region attended by President Hifikepunye Pohamba and various cabinet ministers.

The fire stone was brought back from Finland last year in November, 84 years after it was taken from Namibia by missionaries from that country. The stone was then kept at State House before it was taken to Outapi.

Addressing the gathering at Ohamautsi near Outapi, Aambalantu chief Oswin Mukulu said it was not easy to locate the stone in Finland and to bring it back.

Mukulu thanked Pohamba and the retired Elcin Bishop Josaphat Shanghala who were instrumental in bringing the stone back to Namibia.

“I want to give a big thank you to President Hifikepunye Pohamba who, after we had found out where the fire stone was contacted the Finish government and the missionaries and then succeeded to bring it back,” Mukulu told the gathering, adding that when the stone was in the country, Pohamba called him to the State House to get it.

“I was very happy. I thought I was dreaming,” Mukulu said about Pohamba’s invitation to State House.

Pohamba said before he travelled to Finland for a state visit last year, chief Mukulu had requested him on behalf of the Ombalantu Traditional Authority to facilitate the return of the ritual fire stone which was kept in the museum of the Finnish Missionary Society in Helsinki.

“I accepted the request and engaged the relevant Finnish authority to ensure that the ritual fire stone was returned to its rightful owners, the Aambalantu Community, through their traditional authority. Traditional authorities and leaders are the custodians of our culture and values. They are also the authorities who are in closest contact with our communities. We, therefore, recognise the fact that traditional authorities play an important role in the daily lives of our people,” Pohamba said.

He called on the Ombalantu Traditional Authority and its community to take care of their ritual fire stone and to keep it in a very safe place.

Chief Mukulu promised him that they were going to take care of the fire stone.

Some of the cabinet ministers who attended were the Minister of Regional, Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Charles Namoloh Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and the Minister of Presidential Affairs Albert Kawana.

Source : The Namibian