NAMIBIA’S TRADITIONAL CHIEFS URGED TO FOCUS ON NATION-BUILDING, REFRAIN FROM IN-FIGHTING

WINDHOEK-- Namibian President Hage Geingob has appealed to the country's traditional leaders to refrain from infighting and to focus their attention on nation-building.

Addressing the official opening of the 21st Annual Meeting of the Council of Traditional Leaders here Monday, he added: "Unfortunately, the integrity of our traditional authorities has come under threat due to infighting and instances of leadership succession disputes that prevail to date."

The president said these incidents do not contribute to the promotion and preservation of unity and the interest of the community.

Echoing Geingob, Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga said the failure of traditional chiefs to reach consensus in honouring decisions and recommendations by investigation committees appointed by the Ministry wasted public resources.

Meanwhile, in a statement read on his behalf, the chairperson of the Council for Traditional Leaders, King Elifas Kauluma, blamed the disputes on "academics promoting their own interests" and called on them to respect the existing customary laws and instead use their academic skills to enhance good governance within the institutions of traditional authorities.

The week-long meeting will, among other matters, discuss co-operation between traditional authorities, regional councils and local authorities; challenges in community courts; the state of hygiene and sanitation in urban and rural areas and how traditional authorities can benefit from fishing quotas.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

NAMIBIA’S TRADITIONAL CHIEFS URGED TO FOCUS ON NATION-BUILDING, REFRAIN FROM IN-FIGHTING

WINDHOEK-- Namibian President Hage Geingob has appealed to the country's traditional leaders to refrain from infighting and to focus their attention on nation-building.

Addressing the official opening of the 21st Annual Meeting of the Council of Traditional Leaders here Monday, he added: "Unfortunately, the integrity of our traditional authorities has come under threat due to infighting and instances of leadership succession disputes that prevail to date."

The president said these incidents do not contribute to the promotion and preservation of unity and the interest of the community.

Echoing Geingob, Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga said the failure of traditional chiefs to reach consensus in honouring decisions and recommendations by investigation committees appointed by the Ministry wasted public resources.

Meanwhile, in a statement read on his behalf, the chairperson of the Council for Traditional Leaders, King Elifas Kauluma, blamed the disputes on "academics promoting their own interests" and called on them to respect the existing customary laws and instead use their academic skills to enhance good governance within the institutions of traditional authorities.

The week-long meeting will, among other matters, discuss co-operation between traditional authorities, regional councils and local authorities; challenges in community courts; the state of hygiene and sanitation in urban and rural areas and how traditional authorities can benefit from fishing quotas.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK