Kilus Nguvauva takes over Ovambanderu throne

OMAUEZONJANDA; The Deputy Minister of Works and Transport, Kilus Karaerua Nguvauva, was on Sunday coronated as Chief of the Ovambanderu Traditional Authority.

Nguvauva succeeds his father, Munjuku Nguvauva II, who led the Ovambanderu community for more than five decades unto his death on 16 January 2008 after a long illness.

The coronation event was witnessed by thousands of Ovambanderu people who flocked to the traditional homestead of the clan, popular known as ‘Omimbonde Vitano’ at Omauezonjanda at the weekend.

Omauezonjanda, the main economic centre of the Omaheke Region’s Epukiro constituency, is located about 135 kilometres east of Gobabis.

The coronation was marked by various traditional activities, which included calvary and infantry troops drilling, battle cries and warrior songs.

Traditional priests led most of the processions during the coronation ceremony, which spanned over three days.

Traditional rites and rituals were held around the Nguvauva clan Holy Fire at Ezorongondo village – some 30 kilometres to the east of Omauezonjanda.

The rituals were, amongst others, aimed at introducing the then chief designate to his ancestors and plead for their blessings prior to his coronation.

During the main coronation event on Sunday, the caretaker of the Ovambanderu throne, acting Chief Gerson Katjirua officially transferred power to the new Chief by presenting him with various traditional tokens of the Ovambanderu throne.

In his acceptance speech, Nguvauva thanked all the people who had rallied behind his quest to become chief, noting that he would still rely on their support as he takes on his new duties.

Nguvauva extended a hand of friendship to the Mbanderu people who fall under the leadership of Queen Aletta Nguvauva, pleading with his supporters to welcome the others ‘home’ as well.

“I call on the Ovambanderu community to embrace unity in all their dealings. We are one nation and, as such, should stick together in all that we do. It does not matter on which side of the chieftaincy dispute you may have been, I will warmly welcome you back home,” he said.

The coronation of Nguvauva as successor to his father’s throne brings to an end years of bickering on who was the rightful heir to the Ovambanderu throne, which has remained vacant since the death of Munjuku Nguvauva II.

A section of this once tightly-knit community still regards Queen Aletta Karikondua Nguvauva as the legitimate chief of the Ovambanderu.

She (Aletta Nguvauva) is the widow of the late Munjuku Nguvauva II, and a biological mother of Keharanjo II Nguvauva who had also laid claim to the Ovambanderu throne. Keharanjo committed suicide in 2010.

Aletta Nguvauva was installed as Chief of one section of the Ovambanderu in 2011 to replace her son.

Government, through the Ministry or Regional, Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (MRLGHRD), has indicated that it will accept the coronation of Kilus Nguvauva as chief and officially recognise him as such.

Dignitaries who attended the event included Omaheke Regional Governor Festus Ueitele; Govenor of Kavango-East Samuel Mbambo; the Special Advisor to the Minister of Regional, Local Government and Housing Philip Tjerije; Kgosi Tawana Muremi of the BaTawana people in Botswana; and Chief George Simasiku Mamili of the Mafwe people.