OPUWO: At least 100 traditional leaders from the OvaHimba, OvaTwe, OvaTjimba and OvaZemba communities are expected to meet the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People here on Wednesday.
The purpose of the visit of UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya is to listen to the issues affecting indigenous people in the country, and to make recommendation to the Namibian Government and the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The meeting will take place at the community centre at the Office of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare. Some of the 100 traditional leaders expected to attend the meeting are still unrecognised by the Namibian Government.
According to the executive director of HIPO, Tjinezumba Kavari, efforts to bring traditional leader from far remote areas like the Hikuminue Kapika of Epupa have been made to ensure they attend the meeting on Wednesday.
HIPO is the Hizetjitwa Indigenous People Organisation that represents the interest of the OvaHimba, OvaTwe, OvaTjimba, and OvaZimba tribes in the Kunene Region.