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Ohangwena governor pleas on traditional authorities

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Ohangwena Governor, Walde Ndevashiya, has called on the traditional authority leaderships within the area of his jurisdiction to cooperate with and keep his office posted in their dealings. Ndevashiya made the call during his courtesy visit on the leader of […]

Ohangwena Governor, Walde Ndevashiya, has called on the traditional authority leaderships within the area of his jurisdiction to cooperate with and keep his office posted in their dealings.

Ndevashiya made the call during his courtesy visit on the leader of Oukwanyama, Martha Mwadinomho waKristian yaNelumbu at her royal house at Omhedi village in the Ohangwena Region on Friday.

He told yaNelumbu and some of her senior traditional councillors that the traditional leaders have the responsibility of advising the Head of State on traditional-related matters and as such, the office of regional governor, as the President’s emissary in the region, needs to update the State House about new development concerning a certain traditional authority.

Ndevashiya singled out the recent suspension and reinstatement of the chairperson of Oukwanyama Traditional Council, George Nelulu, as one of the matters that were supposed to be reported to his office before going to the media.

“We only learned about what happened in the authority recently through the media,” Ndevashiya narrated.

Nelulu was reinstated some two weeks ago, after being suspended towards the end of last month upon accusations that he surrendered a portion of Oukwanyama land, under his Eudaneko district, to the Ondonga Traditional Authority without following the right channels.

“This matter was supposed to be reported to my office to keep the President updated and not for us to learn about it just through the media,” Ndevashiya cited.

Secretary to yaNelumbu, Dineinge Sheya, admitted the omission and promised the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority will keep Ndevashiya’s office posted of matters affecting the authority in the future.

Most of the Oukwanyama senior traditional councillors were present at Ndevashiya’s visit to Oukwanyama royal house.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

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