Ondonga stand firm on disputed village

Ondonga stand firm on disputed village

THE Ondonga Traditional Authority, under the Chairmanship of King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, held an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss the Ondonga-Oukwanyama border issue and the installation of a senior headman at Ekoka village in the east of the Ohangwena Region.

The traditional leaders reiterated that Ekoka village belongs to the Ondonga Traditional Community and as such the Ondonga Traditional Authority has the right to install a senior headman in that area. The situation was sparked by a letter written to the Vice Chairman of the Council of Traditional Leaders, Chief Munjuku Nguvauva, by the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority, which asked him to order an interdict against the installation of a senior headman in the Onalusheshete-Ekoka area.Copies of the letter were sent to the Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing, and to the Minister of Lands, Resettlement and Rehabilitation.Earlier this month, the Ondonga Traditional Authority tried to make the Onalusheshete-Ekoka area the tenth district under its control by installing Tileinge Wapulile as its new senior headman at Ekoka village.However, the inauguration ceremony on October 9 was stopped by Oshikwanyama-speaking Ekoka villagers.The Ondonga leaders claimed the villagers were instigated by some Oukwanyama Traditional Authority members and Police officers from Okongo.This was denied by both the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority and the Police.They said they just went there to calm a situation that was about to turn into a big fight between the Ondonga and the Ovakwanyama.At the heart of the dispute is an agreement signed by the Ondonga and Oukwanyama kings on March 14 this year after mediation by President Sam Nujoma.The agreement stated that they would respect the “existing borders” between the two tribal areas, but did not specify where these borders actually lie.The situation was sparked by a letter written to the Vice Chairman of the Council of Traditional Leaders, Chief Munjuku Nguvauva, by the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority, which asked him to order an interdict against the installation of a senior headman in the Onalusheshete-Ekoka area.Copies of the letter were sent to the Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing, and to the Minister of Lands, Resettlement and Rehabilitation.Earlier this month, the Ondonga Traditional Authority tried to make the Onalusheshete-Ekoka area the tenth district under its control by installing Tileinge Wapulile as its new senior headman at Ekoka village.However, the inauguration ceremony on October 9 was stopped by Oshikwanyama-speaking Ekoka villagers.The Ondonga leaders claimed the villagers were instigated by some Oukwanyama Traditional Authority members and Police officers from Okongo.This was denied by both the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority and the Police.They said they just went there to calm a situation that was about to turn into a big fight between the Ondonga and the Ovakwanyama.At the heart of the dispute is an agreement signed by the Ondonga and Oukwanyama kings on March 14 this year after mediation by President Sam Nujoma.The agreement stated that they would respect the “existing borders” between the two tribal areas, but did not specify where these borders actually lie.

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