Oshuushe community rejects Shailemo

A meeting between traditional councillor Kashona kaMalulu, as an envoy of Omukwaniilwa Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo of the Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA), and villagers at Onakamwandi in the OTA's Oshuushe District ended in deadlock Saturday.

Nangolo delegated kaMalulu to introduce a local farmer and businessman, Ismael Shailemo, chairperson of a yet to be established committee to normalise the situation and deal with unlawful allocation of land in the district.

Discontent erupted among the present villagers after kaMalulu alleged that some headmen are allocating land without following the procedure, while some poor people and orphans have the size of their crop fields reduced by the same headmen.

Kamalulu said the district's leader, Meekulu Secilia Namene is ageing and no longer able to execute her responsibility throughout and as such, Nangolo has appointed Shailemo to assist her in leading the district into the right dimension.

The meeting, while in process, was caught by surprise when two men silently emerged from the gathering holding the placards bearing a message: We, the Oshuushe community, do not want to be headed by Ismael yaShailemo while our leaders are still alive.

This was followed by a short-lived walk out of the meeting by a group of some villagers singing protesting songs, but by returning to the meeting the same group continued with the protest mood.

Don't we have the right to elect a leader of our choice? asked one of the protesters. However, kaMalulu told the meeting that the appointment of senior traditional leaders is an absolute prerogative of Omukwaniilwa (Nangolo).

The meeting ended with the two parties agreed for the matter to be referred back to Nangolo for reconsideration.

Source: Namibia Press Agency