Ovambanderu remember Munjuku Nguvauva II

OMAUEZONJANDA: Ovambanderu Chief, Killus Nguvauva, has called on members of his community to unite for a common cause, as a divided nation could never prosper.

Nguvauva said it is high time the Ovambaderu put aside their differences and reach out to each other, for the sake of the tribe’s development.

Nguvauva made the remarks on Saturday, during a solemn commemoration ceremony at the Ovambanderu Traditional homestead of the clan, popularly known as ‘Omimbonde vitano’ at Omauezonjanda.

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

The ceremony was convened to commemorate the death of estwhile leader of the Ovambanderu, Chief Munjuku Nguvauva II, who died on 16 January 2007.

Killus Nguvauva, who was installed as Chief the Ovambanderu in November last year, is the son of the late Munjuku.

The younger Nguvauva said despite the victory of those that supported his position as legitimate successor to his father’s throne over the other section of the Ovambandery community, his reign will be meaningless without the input of all Ovambanderu.

‘These words were once spoken by a young leader of this nation some time ago, and I fully support them. It is indeed true that if there is no unity amongst us as a tribe, development will never come to our people,’ he said.

Nguvauva the absence of unity amongst his people will make deem the entire tribe a failure, as the victory of one section over another will be meaningless.

The Ovambandeu Chief ascribed the quest for unity amongst the Ovambanderu to the spirit of his departed father, whom he described as a peace-loving, but stern disciplinarian.

‘I was raised by a man who was strict but full of love for his community. His spirit will always guide in in doing the right thing for the community he loved so much,’ he said.

Various other speakers, including Ovambanderu senior leader, Benjamin Murangi and traditional councillor Katitii Mbaeva – who was a driver and close confidant of Munjuku – described the departed Ovambanderu chief as having been a ‘rare find’.

Munjuku Nguvauva was instrumental in the fight against Namibia’s struggle for liberation in many ways. His support for Swapo resulted in frequent crashes with colonial administrators of the time, who wanted him to openly declare that Swapo was the enemy of the namibian people.

The weekend’s commemoration was the first, since Nguvauva’s death some seven years ago. The event is however billed to be an annual event in remembrance Munjuku Nguvauva’s contribution to the development of the Ovambanderu.