No conference room at new Traditional Council HQ

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba has expressed disappointment over the lack of a chamber in the newly inaugurated Council of Traditional Authority Leaders Headquarters.

The Namibian Head of State stressed that planning was not properly done and it looked like there were no consultations among the stakeholders.

The N.dollars 40 million Council of Traditional Authority Leaders Headquarters, situated in Windhoek’s Eros suburb was inaugurated on Monday.

The building, under the Ministry of Regional and Local Government and Hosuing is in line with the broader strategy to improve and strengthen the administrative operations of the Council of Traditional Leaders, who are part and parcel of the Regional and Local Government structures.

The building cater for operational Head Offices of recognised traditional authorities.

The Headquarters does not have a chamber where traditional leaders can meet and discuss issues pertaining traditional issues.

“”We have now to go back to the municipality and buy additional land to have chamber build and added to the current building,” he stressed.

Currently, Namibia has 50 government recognised traditional authorities.

“In my table, I have a lot of applications from the communities who want to have their traditional leaders. Most of these communities splited or are factions from the current traditional authorities,” he said.

He warned that big numbers of traditional authorities will never be sustainable and will bring disunity among the communities.

In addition, Pohamba urged traditional leaders to set up community trust funds.

Out of 50 government recognised traditional authorities, only 30 of them have established community trust fund.

“You have to collect resources from your communities or have projects to generates money. The money will benefit the community not to go to the pocket of the chief,” he swarned.

He urged also the community to contribute to the trust fund so that, that traditional authority can sustain itself.

“Government will continue providing assistance to the traditional authorities, but if your people is not helping you, government will also not assist you with all your needs,” he said.

He indicated that government will continue to provide other forms of assistance to the traditional authorities, which include monthly allowances to 14 members of each recognised traditional authority, provision of official vehicles to recognised traditional authorities and payment of salaries of the drivers of the official vehicles assigned to traditional authorities.