President calls on leaders to continue spreading message of unity, tolerance and national reconciliation in country

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba today called on traditional leaders to continue spreading the message of unity, tolerance and national reconciliation in the country.

He also called on traditional leaders to continue being custodians of Namibia’s diverse cultures and traditional values.

He said during the inauguration of the Council of Traditional Leaders’ headquarters in the capital that as part of their roles and responsibilities, they provide guidance to their communities on matters that affect their daily lives.

The building was constructed at a cost of N.dollars 40 million under the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development in line with its 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 three-level building caters for operational head offices of recognised traditional authorities.

There is no doubt that strong cultural and traditional values are critical in shaping the society and guiding the people, especially the youth, Pohamba said.

He then called on the traditional leaders, parents, guardians and all adults to lead exemplary lives in order to inspire young people to always do what is right.

OMAUEZONJANDA; Two Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officers lost their lives in a car accident on the Epukiro road on Saturday afternoon.

They were among the police crew that was designated to serve during the weekend’s OvaMbanderu coronation ceremony.

A third police officer escaped the accident unhurt with minor scratches, and was discharged from hospital the following day.

The accident took place at the Skoonheid Resetlement Farm turn-off, some 10km from Du Plessies Plaas on the Epukiro road.

It is not clear what caused the accident, but the police suspect that the driver may have lost control over the vehicle after missing a turn.

The vehicle rolled about four times before coming to a standstill on its roof on the shoulder of the road.

NamPol Regional Commander for the Omaheke Region, Josephat Abel said it is not easy losing two members of the force in an accident, especially in the line of duty.