RUACANA: The chief of the OvaZemba Traditional Authority, Jonas Tjikulya has called on the youth to strive to learn their traditional roots and history, and to uphold moral values.
Tjikulya said this whilst applauding OvaMbanderu community members under Chief Aletha Karikondua Nguvauva, who are planning to visit him to learn about the history and origin of the OvaMbanderu when they moved from the Central African region into Namibia.
“The OvaMbanderu community has to be applauded for trying to visit the Okarundu Kambeti village, the last place where our forefathers settled before moving further into Namibia, and also a place where the names of the current tribes of OvaHerero – Himba, Zemba and Mbanderu – are said to have originated from,” he said in an interview with Nampa on Sunday at Ruacana.
Okarundu Kambeti is in southern Angola, about 20 kilometres north of the Namibian border.
It is well-known in the history of the OvaHimba, OvaHerero, OvaMbanderu, OvaZemba, OvaTjimba, OvaTwe and OvaKuvale that Okarundu Kambeti was their point of departure into Namibia after settling there for a long period, coming from Central Africa.
The plans to visit Okarundu Kambeti were conceived in 2011 during the funeral of Chief Keharanjo II Nguvauva at the Ongango village in the Kunene Region.
Asked about rumours that the OvaMbanderu delegation was coming to Ruacana to swear him in as chief of the OvaZemba community, Tjikulya said a person is not born twice, and a chief can also not be sworn in twice.
“I have been sworn in already by my people. I am chief of the Ovazemba community in Namibia,” he said, adding that the only recognition he and his community now need is from the Namibian Government.
According to Tjikulya, a committee to prepare the visit of the OvaMbanderu delegation to his homestead and into Angola to visit Okarundu Kambeti has been formed to ensure that everything goes as planned.
He, however, could not say how many people are expected to visit him, and when the visit will take place.
What he mentioned, though, is that the visit to Okarundu Kambeti is supposed to take place this year.