GOBABIS: A subtle but potentially divisive tribal pot is on the boil at Witvlei, as members of the community appear more divided along tribal lines by the day.
Nampa has learned that community members at Witvlei do not see eye to eye, largely on tribal grounds.
Following the suspension of the village council’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chris Kavehorere Murangi on allegations of maladministration last week, a group of about 50 people – mainly of Otjiherero-speaking origin – took to the street to protest his suspension.
The group claimed that Murangi was suspended on tribal grounds, as many members of the community allegedly did not take kindly to having an Otjiherero speaking CEO.
A community meeting called by the village council last Thursday, a few days after Murangi’s suspension, failed to clear the air on the issue as it was removed from the meeting’s agenda at the eleventh hour.
The group of residents supporting Murangi’s cause, who call themselves the concerned group, argue that the village council had a hidden agenda for suspending the CEO.
Some members of the concerned group claimed that the Witvlei Village Council, which is largely made up Damara-speaking councillors, was hell-bent on making sure that no Otjiherero speaking person takes office as CEO.
“If they knew that the issue will not be discussed at the meeting, why did they put it on (the agenda) in the first place? They knew that they could not provide good reasons for Murangi’s suspension,” said one of the protestors.
Murangi told Nampa he is in consultation with his lawyers on the next mode of action and cannot comment on the suspension at this stage.
The village council also could not shed light on the reasons for his suspension, although inside sources at the village council revealed that the suspension stems from Murangi’s apparent refusal to enforce council resolutions.
The suspended CEO was allegedly reluctant to implement a host of council decisions, which appeared to have irked the village council.
Formal charges are yet to be levelled against Murangi, who has been suspended without pay.
Attempts to reach the Chairperson of the Council, Livey van Wyk for comment on the issue proved futile.