Govt Recalls Cars From Acting Chiefs

GOVERNMENT has recalled at least four vehicles from some traditional authorities, following revelations that the cars were being misused by self-proclaimed acting chiefs.

The Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Charles Namoloh, who confirmed this development yesterday, called on acting chiefs to keep their hands off government property.

Although Namoloh could not give the exact number of vehicles that have been recalled, a well-placed source within the Council of Traditional Leaders in Namibia said they know of at least four vehicles that have been taken back.

“Individuals should not use government property for their own personal benefit and they should be assured that we will take the necessary measures to recall any vehicle that is not being used for its intended purpose,” Namoloh warned.

The Namibian understands that some of the vehicles were recalled from the Otjikaoko Traditional Authority, the Blou Wes Traditional Authority and Batswana Ba Namibia Traditional Authority.

Namoloh also said there were some self-proclaimed acting chiefs, who forcefully claimed the positions after deposing chiefs who are recognised by the Constitution.

“The Constitution does not make provision for so-called acting chiefs and when a recognised chief dies, the senior councillors should be tasked with appointing the person who should legally succeed the departed chief but this is not happening,” he explained.

The deputy chairperson of the Council of Traditional Leaders in Namibia, Chief Immanuel Gacircseb, said there are 10 known acting chiefs in Namibia at the moment.

Some of the acting chiefs are from the Warmbad Traditional Authority, !Kung Traditional Authority, Mbanderu Traditional Authority, Simon Kooper Traditional Authority, Witbooi Traditional Authority, Chief Afrikaaner Traditional Authority.

“The situation is getting out of hand. The acting chiefs take over the allowances and properties long after the death of a recognised chief. Some of the chiefs have been dead for years but there has been no official appointment of their successors,” said Gacircseb.

He further said some communities have more than one acting chief. Gacircseb also said that by law, the appointment of a new chief should be done within two months after the death of an incumbent.

Last week The Namibian reported that the Law Reform and Development Commission is urging government to consider limiting the number of traditional authorities if it wants to have better control of their operations.

The commission expressed concern over the mushrooming of chieftaincies in the country. There are currently 50 traditional authorities in the country.

Source : The Namibian