It’s Damara versus Damara

It’s Damara versus Damara

SPARKS are set to fly this weekend between the Damara Chiefs’ Council and the Damara Gaob Festival Organising Committee over the use of the ‘People’s House’ at Okombahe.

The issue that ignited the standoff is a planned Damara meeting this weekend organised by the Festival committee. In a statement yesterday, the Chiefs’ Council threatened the organisers with court action if they went ahead with their “unauthorised, controversial so-called Damara meeting”.The decision to shoot down the request was taken at an extraordinary meeting of the Chiefs’ Council at Okombahe on April 28.The chiefs say the People’s House cannot be used for “activities ulterior to traditional activities or any other activity contrary to mutual interest of the Damara people”.The meeting attended by chiefs from seven Damara Traditional Authorities decided to “strongly condemn and distance itself [the Damara Chiefs’ Council] from the planned so-called Damara meeting…as it does not carry the approval of the legitimate Damara Traditional Authorities”, the statement reads.The Damara meeting is spearheaded by Eliphas //Khoeseb of the organising committee, whose legitimacy the chiefs question.In a statement yesterday, the Chiefs’ Council threatened the organisers with court action if they went ahead with their “unauthorised, controversial so-called Damara meeting”.The decision to shoot down the request was taken at an extraordinary meeting of the Chiefs’ Council at Okombahe on April 28.The chiefs say the People’s House cannot be used for “activities ulterior to traditional activities or any other activity contrary to mutual interest of the Damara people”.The meeting attended by chiefs from seven Damara Traditional Authorities decided to “strongly condemn and distance itself [the Damara Chiefs’ Council] from the planned so-called Damara meeting…as it does not carry the approval of the legitimate Damara Traditional Authorities”, the statement reads.The Damara meeting is spearheaded by Eliphas //Khoeseb of the organising committee, whose legitimacy the chiefs question.

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