KING Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo of the Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA) has given the green light for the establishment of a trust fund meant to revitalize and augment the OTA’s relief services by modernizing the traditional way of collecting food stuffs and other items for the humanitarian assistance of the members of the community who are poverty-stricken.
The Oompale Trust Fund was presented to King Nangolo for approval on Saturday.
The trust fund has already generated more than N$100 000, but its ambitious plan is to reach a balance of over one million Namibia dollars by August next year.
Traditionally, village headmen collect “oompale” (food stuffs and other items) from villagers, which they then donate to the OTA’s humanitarian relief services for the benefit of the needy members of the community.
According to traditional councillor Kashona Ka Malulu, the Oompale Trust Fund is the brainchild of young Oshindonga-speaking business personalities and young professionals such as UNAM lecturer Job Amupanda, legal practitioner Kadhila Amoomo and others.
“They have organized themselves very well to modernize and expand the OTA’s service delivery,” he said adding that the trust fund does not replace, but rather augments, the traditional “oompale” and the mandatory tribal tax.
Each household is by law required to contribute to the OTA coffers an amount of N$20 per year. The amounts for a shebeen and small business stand at N$50 and N$100 per year respectively.