Ukwangali tribe to discuss chieftainship dispute

MAYARA: The leadership of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority in the Kavango West Region will convene a meeting soon to discuss the chieftainship battle amongst the Ukwangali tribe’s royal family members.

The new leader of the traditional authority, Eugene Siwombe was installed as chief on 25 April despite a member of the royal family, Severinus Siteketa, publicly disputing the Ukwangali chieftainship.

Siwombe replaced the late chief Daniel Sitentu Mpasi who died on 17 December last year. He died at the age of 80 after a long illness.

Siwombe was publicly announced by the late Mpasi as heir in line to the Ukwangali throne.

Siteketa was recently quoted as saying in a local daily that Siwombe was not procedurally chosen, as the elders of the Ukwangali tribe were supposed to evaluate four candidates from various royal families before selecting a competent person to take up the chieftainship.

Siteketa, who is from the Mpande royal family, said Siwombe from the Kanuni royal family was appointed by “his own people” and the other three royal families were disregarded.

The Ukwangali chief on Monday confirmed that the traditional authority’s leadership will meet to discuss the chieftainship dispute.

He noted that the disagreement is causing a division amongst the royal family members, hence the need for the meeting to restore peace and take the tribe forward.

He also cautioned his subjects in the Ukwangali Traditional Authority to not get involved in royal family issues, as the traditional authority has the capacity to sort itself out.

Siwombe’s coronation ceremony was attended by Urban and Rural Development Minister Sophia Shaningwa and several Cabinet Ministers, an indication that he is recognised by Government.