No date yet for coronation of Ukwangali leader

MAYARA: No date has yet been set for the coronation of the new Chief of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority in the Kavango West region.

The crowning of the new chief for the traditional authority was necessitated by the death of the late Ukwangali Chief Daniel SientuMpasi, who died last year.

Mpasi died on 17 December at the age of 80 years at the Nkurenkuru Mission Hospital after a long illness.

The Ukwangali Traditional Authority is yet to determine who will succeed the late Chief Mpasi.

The traditional Authority Chief Council Chairperson, Christian Simuketa, told Nampa on Tuesday that no exact date has yet been set by the Ukwangali Traditional Authority royal family.

Simuketa said members of the Ukwangali royal family will however convene a meeting among themselves at a date yet to be set, to discuss the possible date for the coronation of the new chief.

“There is nothing we can say at this stage because the royal family has to set up a meeting to discuss the coronation,” said Simuketa.

Meanwhile, the former chairperson of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority Chief Council, Joseph Kandjimi, said the Ukwangali Traditional Authority are still in mourning period and is thus premature to discuss the new chieftainship.

Kandjimi added that discussion and preparations for the crowning of the new chief might start during the February or March.

The late leader of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority Chief SitentuMpasi has however long publicly announced that his nephew Eugene Siwombe, 44, as the heir-in-line to the Ukwangali throne.

Mpasi was the 20th leader of the Ukwangali Authority, and had been leader for 35 years.

He took over from his cousin, the late Chief Joseph Kandjimi, who died in 1979.

SOURCE: NAMPA