Ondonga Traditional Authority’s catch-22

• By Confidente Reporter

THE Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA) was forced to back-track on an agreed meeting between the King and Prime Minister Sarah Kuugongelwa Amadhila after one of its headman, questioned the rationale behind granting Amadhila a meeting and turned down, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah’s request for the same meeting.

A source privy with information on the subject told Confidente the King was advised by one of his senior advisors to turn down Ndaitwah’s request but grant her boss Amadhila but a courageous headman informed the King, such a move would mean, he was choosing a side, in the Swapo Party’s Vice Presidential race.

Prime Minister, Amadhila and Deputy Prime Minister, Ndaitwah are jostling for the Swapo Party’s Vice Presidential post alongside Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta.

Confidente is reliably told the King turned down Ndaitwah’s request for a meeting at the advice, Oshikoto regional Governor, Penda yaNdakolo who is said to be rooting for Amadhila and Armas Amukwiyu in the Swapo Party’s tussle for positions crusade.

“After Amadhila’s request was granted, one senior headman questioned the rationale behind the moving since Ndaitwah’s request had be turned down,” the source said.

Confidente has it on high authority that the headman maintained that it was wrong to allow the OTA to be used as a political battle ground by aspiring candidates vying for Swapo’s top positions.

“The headman questioned the fairness and integrity of the OTA and made it clear to the King that allowing one and dropping one would be seen as choosing sides. To which the King is said to have cancelled his meeting with Amadhila,” the source said.

In a letter seen by Confidente, written by OTA’s Secretary and Spokesperson, Frans Enkali to governor penda yaNdakolo, King agreed to host Amadhila at his Onambango Palace on October 20.

“Having perused through the activity calendar of Omakwaniilwa, it was realised that his Majesty Omukwaniilwa will only be able to host the right Honarable, Prime Minister on the 20th October 2022 at Onambango Palace,” reads the letter.