THE Ministry of Justice has ordered the resumption of the community court of Ondonga, which was closed last year due to internal squabbling within the Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA).
The community court, which previously operated at the OTA offices in the Oluno suburb of Ondangwa in the Oshana Region, will now operate from Onethindi in the Oniipa town in the Oshikoto Region.
The ministry said in a statement that the prolonged closure of the community court was having a negative impact on the delivery of justice among the people under the OTA.
The community court was closed after several of its justices and assessors were relieved from their positions as senior and junior traditional councillors.
They are still contesting their dismissal in the high court.
In the meantime, they have opened alternative OTA offices in a building complex at Onethindi, which will now also accommodate the community court.
Kashona Malulu, one of the community court assessors and one of the allegedly dismissed traditional councillors, welcomed the ministry’s decision, saying that the Ondonga community cannot be held hostage because of disagreements between traditional leaders.
“We will resume our work right away, but there is one more huddle to overcome. All our furniture and stationeries are locked up at the old OTA office at Oluno, which is heavily guarded by the other faction and out of bounds to us,” he said.
The Onethindi-based OTA faction is supported by prince Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo, one of the two claimants of late King Elifas’ throne.
The other claimant is Nangolo’s uncle Konis Eino Kalenga.