THE installation of Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo as the new king of Ondonga will go ahead regardless of the findings of a judge in the Windhoek High Court because the event was organised independently by the Ondonga Community and the Ondonga Community was not cited as respondent in the ongoing court case.
It is expected that High Court Judge, Thomas Masuku will this afternoon deliver his decision in the urgent application in which one of the two claimants to the Ondonga throne, Konis Eino Kalenga, is demanding the reversal of the government’s recognition of Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo as the new king of Ondonga.
Urban and Rural Development Minister Peya Mushelenga, Oshana governor Elia Irimari and President Hage Geingob are the first to third respondent respectively and they are joined by six other respondents including Attorney General Albert Kawana, the Council of Traditional Leaders, senior headman Joseph Asino, king-designate Shuumbwa Nangolo and his mother Maria Manene Josef and her sister Selma Kasamane.
The hearing started yesterday morning.
Lawyers for the two opposing parties battled it out throughout the day and the proceedings prolonged into the evening before judge Masuku adjourned the proceedings till 15:30 today when will deliver his decision.
The formal installation of Nangolo as the new king of Ondonga is schedule to take place at his traditional homestead in the Onambango village near Ondangwa tomorrow morning.
Many Oshindonga-speaking Namibians who are employed in other parts of the country and who have requested official leave to attend their new king’s installation, are now anxiously awaiting the court’s decision. Their travelling plans now hang on the court’s decision, but 15:30 will be too late for those in the remote corners of the country such as Oranjemund, Noordoewer, Luderitz and Katima Mulilo.
However, headman Kashona Ka Malulu says that the court’s decision will not affect the vent.
“The date of Nangolo’s installation by the Ondonga Community was announced before the Government approved his application. Therefore, the event will go ahead regardless of the outcome of the court case. This is an event organized independently by the Ondonga Community and the Ondonga Community was not cited as respondent in the ongoing court case. So, the event will definitely take place tomorrow. By the way every is already ready and a cancellation or postponement would be impractical at this stage,” he said.