OTJINENE: Tjinani Maharero was officially inaugurated as Chief of the Maharero Traditional Authority here on Saturday.
He succeeded his father, late Chief Alfons Kaihepovazandu Maharero, who died in April this year.
Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Jerry Ekandjo said in a speech read on his behalf by his personal assistant Phillip Tjerije that the history of the Maharero Royal House left indelible footprints in the Namibian history, because of their primary resistance against German colonialism and liberation from apartheid.
Ekandjo said it is a national heritage that must be jealously preserved for posterity.
“It is your task, Chief Tjinani Maharero and your traditional authority to safeguard the preservation of this legacy of the OtjikaTjamuaha-Maharero Royal Dynasty,” he noted.
Ekandjo stressed that the government applauds the Maharero Royal House and traditional authority for the smooth and orderly manner with which they handled the succession process in accordance with their customary law and in compliance with the Traditional Authorities’ Act.
He cautioned Chief Maharero that the duties and functions of a traditional chief in terms of the Traditional Authorities’ Act, No 25 of 2000 are indeed challenging.
The minister explained that the powers, duties and functions as a chief among others, require from the chief to act as the custodian of the customary law of the traditional community which he/she leads.
Ekandjo further said other duties required by the traditional authority members include to uphold, promote, protect and preserve the culture, language, tradition and traditional values of their communities.
It also includes assisting and cooperating with the government, regional councils and local authority councils in the execution of their policies, and keep their community members informed about developmental projects in their areas.
According to Ekandjo, in terms of the Council of Traditional Leaders’ Act of 1997, traditional authority leaders are principal advisors to the President of Namibia through the Council of Traditional Leaders.
“The development challenges within your area of jurisdiction are huge. You and your traditional authority will have to address a host of challenges which they face in education and health, and in the provision and accessing of basic services,” he said.
Some of these challenges, according to Ekandjo, include poverty eradication, employment creation, marketing of livestock and the combating of crime, notably stock theft, and domestic violence.
“A focused leadership that has integrity and vision that is geared towards maintaining peace and promoting the welfare of the community geared towards maintaining peace and promoting the welfare of the community, is required,” he said.
Witnessing the event was the Deputy Chairperson of the Council of Traditional Leaders, Chief Immanuel /Gaseb; senior councillors and traditional councillors of the Maharero Traditional Authority; elders and custodians of the OtjikaTjamuaha-Maharero Royal House; Minister of Safety and Security Nangolo Mbumba, President of the DTA of Namibia Katuutire Kaura; and senior and traditional councillors of various traditional authorities.