Witbooi clan saga over throne now in High Court

An urgent application in which Namibia's former Ambassador to Zambia, Salomon Josephat Witbooi, wants to stop the planned coronation of the newly-designated leader of the Witbooi clan, is now underway in the Windhoek High Court.

The hearing in respect of this urgent application kicked-off before High Court Judge Thomas Masuku on Thursday morning.

In the application, Salomon Josephat Witbooi is asking the High Court to issue an immediate interim interdict (an order) to stop and set aside the planned coronation of Hendrick Ismael 'Isaxub' Witbooi as the new designated leader or kaptein of the Witbooi clan.

Preparations for the coronation of Hendrick 'Isaxub' Witbooi are already in full swing and the event is scheduled to take place at the village of Gibeon in the Hardap Region this coming Saturday (06 July 2019).

Minister of Urban and Rural Development PeyaMushelenga and other senior government officials are invited to be present at the coronation ceremony after the Ministry of Urban and Rural approved the application by Hendrick 'Isaxub' Witbooi over the past few months.

Today's hearing of the application mainly centered on the issues of urgency whether this case can be allowed to jump the long queue of filing cases before the High Court and be heard as an urgent matter.

In his heads of arguments, Government Attorney NgatatueKandovazu (for the respondents) strongly asked the court not to entertain the application because it does it (application) meet the strict requirements to be heard as an urgent matter.

'This court should not allow this application to jump the long queue of the High Court. This application should be thrown out of this court, ' said Kandovazu.

However, Dennis Khama, who is representing the applicants, wants the court to allow the application to be heard on urgent basis.

The former Namibian Ambassador to Zambia, Salomon Josephat Witbooi, was installed as the leader or Kaptein of the Witbooi clan in a controversial event on 06 October 2015 amid unresolved succession disputes within the members of the Witbooi clan.

The former Ambassador wants to succeeds former Prime Minister Hendrik Witbooi, who led the Witbooi clan for 31 years until his death in 2009.

Furthermore, the coronation ceremony in respect of the former ambassador was also boycotted by several members of the Witbooi Traditional Authority Council as well as government officials.

The applicants in the matter are Ambassador Salomon Josephat Witbooi, Elizabeth Kock Witbooi, Christina Fredericks, Anna Jacobs and PeniasEduartTopnaar.

The respondents are the Minister of Urban and Rural Development PeyaMushelenga, President of the Republic of Namibia Hage Geingob, Hendrick Ismael Witbooi, Simon Otto Jacobs, Traditional Leaders of the Witbooi Traditional Authority.

Lawyers SyliviaKahengombe and JolandaHinda are assisting fellow colleague Kandovazu.

Source: Namibia Press Agency