Shall There Be Peace Now After Munjuku III’s Coronation? [opinion]

AFTER longwinded internecine feuds with various sequels in courts and thousands if not millions of Namibian Dollars invested in litigation, Ovambanderu followers and adherents of Kilus Kararerua Munjuku III Nguvauva have at last installed him their Chief.

Does it mean that peace at last has descended among the Ovambanderu and on the Epukiro Constituency? The presumed area of jurisdiction of the Ovambanderu Traditional Authority, albeit a Senior Traditional Councillor of the Ovambanderu, the newly installed chief shall rule “over the whole world” inhabited by the Ovambanderu. Yes, one would want to be optimistic and say peace at last has come to Epukiro, and among the Ovambanderu people.

But as much and same one would not want to be naive and self-delusional that the installation of Munjuku III has and shall necessarily herald peace and the much-craved for prosperity and progress for this traditional community. Be it within and beyond Namibian borders. Because the installation notwithstanding, which is indeed something Chief Munjuku III and his people have for long been clamouring and dreaming for, peace among the Ovambanderu shall as yet remain an elusive and rare commodity.

This is at least until some hardened attitudes subside and some pride is swallowed. Not only this but also until all and sundry, leaders and followers alike, from all poles of the feuding cultural continuum, start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately such a light at the end of the tunnel may not have been lit by the Windhoek High Court’s verdict ordering the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development to duly recognise Munjuku III as chief of the Ovambanderu, an eventuality which transpired last weekend with the installation of Munjuku III. The event itself generally seems to have taken place in an atmosphere of peace and jubilation. And despite some overtures of reconciliation by some speakers, it remains to be seen how genuine such overtures may have been and meant, let alone received by and to whom they may have been directed?

It takes two to tango and it is not simply a matter of some seeming victors sending overtures to fellow. Such overtures must come from the innermost to be of any positive consequential essence. Vice versa those to whom such overtures may be directed, must equally somehow be well disposed and receptive towards such overtures. Realistically the necessary and sufficient conditions for such overtures of reconciliation to be meaningful does not exist currently.

And perhaps this is where those sounding such overtures must without any haste pause and start to ponder ways and means of first making such overtures genuine and forthright secondly searching for the best way how to transmit and channel them through to fellow and thirdly making sure that for those such overtures are intended, are well poised to, if in the least listen and notice them.

Yes, there’s no denying the fact that among both sides to the fray, there are genuine, forthright and women and men of integrity and wisdom whose inclination is towards the broader interest of the traditional community. During years of feuding that at times have been bordering on pretentious self-righteousness, people have enveloped themselves in cocoons of legitimacy, thereby coercing and alienating fellows into cocoons of alieation and illegitimacy. Thus, any genuine bid at breaking the current stalemate towards rapprochement and eventual reconciliation needs to deal with such realities.

And in these realities, the pole position any side may consider self to be at notwithstanding, is that the traditional community has been torn asunder, and remain asunder, with each with its own separate and individual leader. And entrenched beliefs and attitudes. Hence womenmen of greater wisdom and foresight are what the Ovambanderu community needs in this hour. Because as has been proven by case after case, no amount of such shall ever solve the traditional intricacies of the community. Same the community shall continue to stagnate as development is arrested and as much-needed resources are diverted and invested in these interminable litigations.

One cannot but seriously reflect on the words of wisdom of the Omaheke Region’s governor, Festus Ueitele, at Munjuku III’s installation. He particularly reminded the Ovambanderu Traditional Authority “to embrace all members of your community and their diverse opinions and desires for in diversity there is beauty.” He went on further that “now is the time to do introspection as to where we went not so right, now is the time to go back to the drawing board and redo what was not so go good.”

“Now is the time to set personal agendas aside and to put both the agendas of our communities and that of the nation first.” “No member of the community must feel left out irrespective of hisher likes and dislikes but all members of our communities must associate with our leadership as traditional leaders.”

One cannot but also take a g cue from the speech of the Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development on the same occasion.

“Your community is divived following years of leadership squabbles. Be the catalyst for unity and reconciliation within your divided community. Build bridges, bring harmony and reconciliation within your divided community.”

Many a time the real source of division has been the recognition of a sectoral leadership within a traditional community while the very community has been divided. It is a known fact that the Ovambanderu community has been divided. Would the recognition of Munjuku III actually be the catalyst that the Minister is hoping it would be. While the other section of the Ovambanderu is waiting on the sidelines waiting for the recognition of its own leader in the person of the Ovambanderu Paramount Chief, Aleta Karikondua Nguvauva? And depending on what the answer from the Minister would be, another court case cannot be discounted. And as if this not enough doom already for the beleaguered Epukiro Constituency, another court case is scheduled for a sequel in the Windhoek High Court with the Hoveka Royal House vying for its own legitimacy in the Epukiro Constituency.

Kae MaTHORNunyumlu-Tjiparuro

Source : New Era