Oukwanyama certifies headmen

30 October 2019 | Local News

The Oukwanyama Traditional Authority (OTA) has certified 14 village heads who were operating without certificates of appointment.

The traditional authority also appointed the former Namibian high commissioner to Botswana, Hadino Hishongwa, as the new senior headman of Omhedi district.

The OTA is made up of 11 districts, led by senior headmen, which are further divided into sub-districts led by junior headmen. The sub-districts group together villages, which are led by headmen.

Headmen are appointed by senior headmen in consultation with the junior headmen and the residents of the village.

These headmen were appointed some years ago, but they were not issued with appointment certificates, which are legal documents.

At an event that took place on 17 September, the queen of Oukwanyama, Martha Mwadinomho waKristian yaNelumbu, handed over the certificates while the OTA's senior headman for the Ohaingu district, Nghidinihamba Ndilula, swore in the new headmen.

Ndilula told the headmen to continue serving their communities, but urged them to do it with humanity.

“Today you have been sworn in and signed a declaration of how you are going to conduct your duties. From today, if there is someone who was not conducting himself or herself well, you better start conducting your duties within the rules of the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority because if you are going beyond your duties, this declaration that you have signed will be there to prosecute you,” Ndilula said.

“You must go and serve your community with fairness and make sure that justice prevails.”

The newly appointed senior headman Hishongwa said traditional authority leadership is not a platform for acquiring wealth, but for serving the community and solving their disputes according to traditional customs.

Hishongwa takes over the leadership of Omhedi district following the death of former senior headman Johannes Moshana some months ago.

“I have a strong belief that as a traditional leader, one can only succeed if one listens to the advice of one's subjects. They are the people who understand their communities and their needs better. I am therefore vowing to serve the people of Omhedi and Oukwanyama within the mandate of uniting communities,” Hishongwa said.

“There is no more manna falling from heaven for people to eat, therefore I will encourage people to use the land they have to work hard to produce their own food.”

Those who were issued with certificates are Ongudi village headman Kangandjela Olavi, businessman Gideon Hamukwaya (Oilagati), Ndjeimo Popyeinawa (Engela), Kautwima Meryam Nangheda (Ongha A), David Amon (Onawa-Epalala), Ruben Jona (Ombulu), Ndaitwa Wilhelm (Onaholongo), Mbubi Oiva (Onanime), Weyulu Nathanael (Oipapakane), Hashiti Shikudule (Omainda), Shipena Ndevahakwa (Epalala), Nghishoongele Toivo (Oshiweda), Kamanya Paulus (Onghudi) and Ndandi Hafeni (Ondobe yelao).