Christian Ndeya Simuketa appointed acting chairperson of Ukwangali Traditional Authority Chiefs’ Council

NKURENKURU: The Ukwangali Traditional Authority in the Kavango West Region has appointed Christian Ndeya Simuketa as the acting chairperson of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority Chiefs’ Council.

Simuketa replaces Joseph Kandjimi, who relinquished the position last month.

Eugene Siwombe, who is the heir-in-line to the Ukwangali throne, confirmed to Nampa yesterday that Simuketa is the new acting chairperson of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority Chiefs’ Council until the leader of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority, Chief Sitentu Mpasi, appoints a new chairperson.

Siwombe said only Chief Mpasi, who is ill at the moment, has the power to appoint a chairperson, and as such, they are waiting for him to recover in order for him to carry out such duty himself.

He said Kandjimi has handed over all signatory rights and authority, adding that matters regarding the Ukwangali Traditional Authority will now be handled by Simuketa, a former Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officer-turned-businessman.

Siwombe indicated that Kandjimi has however indicated that he will still be available to render advice and guidance to the new acting chairperson of the traditional authority.

It was earlier speculated that Kandjimi’s decision to step down was prompted by the investigations which were conducted by an independent committee in the Ukwangali area regarding alleged land-grabbing and other dubious land sales in the Ukwangali Traditional Authority.

These allegations were however denied by Siwombe.

WINDHOEK: Namibia will host its first-ever change and diversity management conference in February next year.

The conference was launched in the capital yesterday.

It targets Namibian leaders in all industries, government ministries and agencies.

Taking place on 11 and 12 February, it is hoped that it will help Namibian leaders in both the public and private sectors to build employee commitment and work ethics, while helping business and the public sector to enhance creativity and innovation.

Speaking at the launch, Margareth Gustavo, the Managing Director (MD) of Cornerstone Joe Public Consultants which is the main organiser of the Diversity Namibia Conference, explained that the conference is aimed at creating awareness about diversity management and the benefits thereof.

Diversity management is a strategy that intends to foster and maintain a positive workplace environment.

The conference also aims to create an appetite amongst public and private sector leaders on how to craft, lead and establish a winning culture within organizations.