Ukwangali Authority appoints new acting chairperson

NKURENKURU: The Ukwangali Traditional Authority in the Kavango West Region has appointed Christian Ndeya Simuketa as the acting chairperson of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority Chiefs’ Council.

Simuketa replaces Joseph Kandjimi, who relinquished the position last month.

Eugene Siwombe, who is the heir-in-line to the Ukwangali throne, confirmed to Nampa on Tuesday that Simuketa is the new acting chairperson of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority Chiefs’ Council until the leader of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority, Chief Sitentu Mpasi, appoints a new chairperson.

Siwombe said only Chief Mpasi, who is ill at the moment, has the power to appoint a chairperson. As such, they are waiting for him to recover in order for him to carry out such duty himself.

He said Kandjimi has handed over all signatory rights and authority, adding that matters regarding the Ukwangali Traditional Authority will now be handled by Simuketa, a former Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officer-turned-businessman.

Siwombe indicated that Kandjimi has however indicated that he will still be available to render advice and guidance to the new acting chairperson of the traditional authority.

It was earlier speculated that Kandjimi’s decision to step down was prompted by the investigations which were conducted by an independent committee in the Ukwangali area regarding alleged land-grabbing and other dubious land sales in the Ukwangali Traditional Authority.

These allegations were however denied by Siwombe.

Kandjimi, a former Education Inspector in the Kavango regions who has been the chairperson of that Chiefs’ Council since 2009, confirmed to this agency on Tuesday that he has indeed stepped down. He however said he will only be able to shed more light on his resignation at a later stage.

According to Siwombe, he earlier cited other work commitments and his health as some of the reasons for giving up his position.8232;