‘Ovaherero Traditional Authority not above other authorities’

OPUWO: The Otjikaoko Traditional Authority in the Kunene Region has called on their followers to ignore claims of supremacy by the Ovaherero Traditional Authority over other government-recognised traditional authorities in the country.

The Otjikaoko Traditional Authority made this call in a media release provided to Nampa by its Chairperson, Petrus Muundjua in Opuwo on Wednesday.

According to the media release signed by Chief Paulus Tjavara of the Otjikaoko Traditional Authority, their traditional authority is an independently recognised institution that is not affiliated to any other body.

Muundjua said the press release is aimed at clearing the confusion that is being created by the Ovaherero Traditional Authority, where it is allegedly claiming that it is superior to other traditional authorities, mostly those of OvaHerero people.

Approached for comment, the representative of the Ovaherero Traditional Authority on the Communal Land Board in the Kunene Region, Karee Mupya told Nampa that his traditional authority represents all OvaHerero people in Namibia, as per the mandate for which it was established as far back as 1893.

He added that the Ovaherero Traditional Authority is not imposing itself on people, but it was given this mandate by the very same traditional authorities or royal houses that are denying its supremacy today.