By Hileni Nembwaya
THE Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa said that she is highly concerned with some sections of the population that tend to hide behind culture to propagate their divisive agendas.
Shaningwa made these remarks at a public information seminar held at Ongwediva on Sunday.
“Let us practice our cultures and traditions to promote and consolidate peace and unity, rather than to divide our people. We are after all one Namibia, one nation. Some traditional authorities are doing things that are confusing communities. What are we doing about that? Let us unite and work together,” said Shaningwa.
Shaningwa indicated that traditional authorities have an important role to play in promoting and preserving the rich cultures and traditions as well as peace and social harmony. “As people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots,” she said.
The role of traditional leaders is to assist and cooperate with the Government, regional councils, and local authorities in the execution of policies and keep the members of the traditional community informed of developmental projects in their areas. There are currently over 50 recognised traditional authorities in Namibia, 18 of which have been in existence before independence.
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