Chief Kapika Retains His Throne After Backing From Paternal Line

CHIEF Hikuminue Kapika of the Kapika Royal House on Sunday received backing from the paternal line of the Ovakuendata clan to retain his chieftaincy, instead of his competing half-brother Mutambanda Kapika.

This was the resolution of the Ovakuendata at their meeting at the Okangwati village, about 110 kilometres north of Opuwo last Saturday.

The meeting was called to look into demands by a group of community members, who had held a demonstration to demand the removal of Chief Kapika in March this year.

The disgruntled group wanted Mutambanda as their chief, claiming that Hikuminue was a ‘sell-out’ after he allegedly signed-over the Baynes area in the Kunene Region to the government to construct a hydro-electricity power station.

The group also claimed that Hikuminue had joined the Swapo Party, and that he was chasing people from his homestead where he was being protected by police officers, making it difficult for his subjects to visit him.

A number of traditional leaders from other traditional authorities in the Kunene Region – who are not from the Ovakuendata clan – also attended the Okangwati meeting called by the Kapika Royal House on Saturday and Sunday to hear the grivances that had led to the demonstration against Chief Kapika.

After discussing the issues, the different traditional leaders resolved that the matter should be handled by the Kapika Royal Family, and that the Ovakuendata clan had to decide who between the two royal sons should be chief.

The Kapika Royal Family and the Ovakuendata clan then decided that Hikuminue remains as chief.

Uakarenda Mbinge, who chaired the meeting, said on Tuesday the Ovakuendata clan could not find any fault with Kapika warranting his dethronement.

All allegations which triggered the demonstration and subsequent demands for Kapika’s removal could not be substantiated or justified, he said.

“It was resolved that Kapika would still be the chief and that his six traditional councillors who sided with the community when they demonstrated should start cooperating with Kapika,” explained Mbinge.

Despite the resolution, senior traditional councillor Maongo Hembinda – who spearheaded the demonstration – said he was not in favour of having Kapika as their leader.

Motjinduika Mutambo, one of the six senior traditional councillors who broke away from Chief Kapika to support his half-brother Mutambanda, also said that they did not agree with the Ovakuendata’s resolution to be united under Kapika.

“We are not going to recognise Kapika as our chief at all. Our leader is Mutambanda,” said Mutambo.

This is the fourth attempt at dethroning Chief Kapika since he became chief of the Kapika Royal House in 1984, following the death of his father Munjomuhoro Kapika in 1983.

Only members of the family’s paternal clan decide on the succession and dethroning of chiefs.

Source : The Namibian