SENIOR Traditional Councillor Naeman Amalwa of the Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA) has dismissed claims that he has thrown in the towel or that he has changed sides by allegedly defecting from the OTA faction that supports throne claim and Konis Eino Kalenga to join the other faction that supports Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo as new king of Ondonga.
“Those are baseless rumours. As senior traditional councillor I was always a faithful and obedient servant of my King and when my King died I remained in my office awaiting the announcement of his successor. Now the Government has pronounced Shuumbwa Nangolo as successor and I fully agree with the Government’s pronouncement. I did neither change sides nor throw in the towel as alleged,” he said.
Amalwa said Aandonga traditional community are tired of endless squabbling. “We want peace and reconciliation,” he said.
As the late King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas’ press aide, Amalwa was one of the few gazetted senior traditional councillors who retained their positions when many others were allegedly dismissed in 2017.
He was suspected of being part of the faction that now supports Kalenga because he continued to have access to the Oluno tribal office and the Onamungundo Palace; a privilege denied those who support Nangolo.