OTJINENE: The head of the OtjikaTjamuaha Royal House and leader of the Maharero Traditional Authority, Chief Tjinaani Maharero expressed concern that misunderstandings among the OvaHerero people are caused by some leaders within those communities.
Speaking after being officially inaugurated as chief of the Maharero Traditional Authority, he said the Namibian nation thinks the OvaHerero people are complicated and not united, charging that it is leaders within the OvaHerero community who are misleading the people.
“We as traditional leaders, political leaders and other leaders are the cause of the troubles in the OvaHerero community,” he stated.
Maharero stressed that it is of utmost importance that the OvaHerero leaders stand united and uplift the living standards of their people.
The new chief also warned his staff members not to wear political attire to his office.
“I removed my political party colours when Namibia got its independence in 1990, and I am working for all Namibians, and do not use the office for politics. I am still young, and my office is open for every Namibian,” he noted.
Maharero further said his office will work hand-in-hand with the Namibian Government in tackling poverty, and will also work hard to bring development to the Otjinene village.
Maharero, who is a sergeant in the Namibian Police Force, is currently based in South Sudan, training police officers there in a United Nations’ (UN) mission.
He is expected back in the country in February next year when he will take up office as a full-time chief.
Maharero succeeded his father, the late Chief Alfons Kaihepovazandu Maharero, as head of the OtjikaTjamuaha Royal House and leader of the Maharero Traditional Authority.
Chief Alfons Kaihepovazandu Maharero passed away in April this year.
Meanwhile, in a speech read on her behalf by her personal assistant Platini Katjaoha, Governor of the Omaheke Region Laura McLeod-Katjirua called on the traditional authorities in Otjinene and Namibia at large to stay united.
She said Otjinene is one of the regional growth points and received the status of a village earlier this year, but warned that without unity and mutual understanding among all leaders, earmarked developments will be derailed or completely delayed.