KEETMANSHOOP: Succession squabbles in some of the Nama traditional clans have forced the Nama Traditional Leaders’ Association to recommend that the practice of appointing acting chiefs be halted.
The association sent this recommendation to the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development during September, and is now awaiting approval.
The leaders are proposing that instead of having people appointed as acting and deputy chiefs, especially after the death of a chief, someone should just be appointed to facilitate the process of appointing a new chief.
This person will, amongst other things, be expected to mobilise the Traditional Authorities’ Council and the customary law members to come together and consult the concerned royal house on the appointment of a new chief.
The customary law members are elder people or could be relatives of the chief who knows the traditional laws, sometimes referred to as the elders’ council.
The process of appointing the new chief is only complete and lawful when the elders’ council, traditional authority council and the royal house work together.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, the association’s Secretary-General Lazarus Kairabeb explained that they recommended that the transitional process be completed in a period of 12 to 18 months.
One of the aims of the recommendation is to avoid situations where some acting chiefs apparently operate under the mistaken belief that once they act in the position, they automatically stand a chance to get such position.