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Court postpones Ondonga squabble

Court postpones Ondonga squabble

Court postpones Ondonga squabble

Placido Hilukilwa

THE two squabbling factions of the Ondonga Traditional Authority will have to wait until 13 February to hear the High Court’s definitive decision in a case that stopped a series of inauguration ceremonies for five new traditional councillors in November last year.
Inauguration ceremonies for Fillemon Kambala, Erastus Mvula, Paavo Amwele, Reihold Nepolo and Nepando Amupanda were stopped by a rival OTA faction through a successful urgent application in the High Court.
Judge Marlene Tomassi interdicted the respective installations pending the finalisation of the court case in which dismissed senior headmen Peter Kauluma, Joseph Asino, Vilho Kamanya, John Walenga and others are contesting their dismissal.
However, it is alleged that the interdicted leaders ignored the court order and went ahead with the inauguration ceremonies, merely renaming them “cultural gatherings”.
This led to yet another case (of contempt of court) which was equally before Judge Tomassi today.
Judge Tomassi, who was transferred to Windhoek effective from 1 February, said she will only deliver her decision in Windhoek on 13 February.

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