RUNDU: A local businessman treated about 11 Traditional Authority chiefs for lunch at his residence in Rundu’s Queens Park suburb on Sunday.
The traditional chiefs attended the Council of Traditional Leaders’ annual general meeting in Katima Mulilo in the Caprivi Region last week, and rested in Rundu on Sunday on their long journey from Katima Mulilo.
Amongst the notable chiefs who were hosted by Rundu businessman Kennedy Shekupakela were Paulus Tjavara of the Otjikaoko Traditional Authority, Chief Vemuii Tjambiru of the Kakurukouje Traditional Authority and Chief Thom Tjimduare of the Vita Royal House in the Kunene Region.
Other traditional leaders from the four northern regions were Chief Herman Ipumbu of Uukwambi, Chief Mathias Walaula of Okalongo, the newly-crowned Mupongolitha Mupiya of Ngandjera, Ombalantu Chief Oswin Mukulu as well as Uukwanyama senior headman George Nelulu.
Shekupakela is the Kavango Regional Secretary for the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), and his wife, Rauna, is the first-born child of Ukwanyama senior headman Nelulu.
The invitation for lunch was widely viewed by some quarters in the region as an attempt by the official opposition party’s leaders to garner support from traditional leaders.
Some traditional leaders told this reporter on condition of anonymity that they did not know that the businessperson, who generously offered them lunch was from the RDP, with some indicating that they would otherwise not have turned up.
Approached for comment on Monday, Shekupakela confirmed having hosted 11 traditional chiefs for lunch, adding that the total number of people he hosted at his residence were 59, and included the chiefs’ drivers and senior councillors.
A reliable source told Nampa after the lunch that Shekupakela apparently informed the chiefs about the pending delivery of the Supreme Court’s judgement on the 2009 election challenge by the country’s opposition parties.
He reportedly told the leaders to inform their subjects to accept any outcome of the court verdict, which is due on Thursday this week.