By Eliaser Ndeyanale
AS the fierce Ondonga war to succeed ageing and sickly King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas escalates, his daughter, Katrina Elifas took to social media blasting embattled Shuumbwa Elifas Nangolo who is the personal assistant to the King calling him a coward who wants to take over the throne and be a king unprocedurally.
Katrina posted on her Facebook wall on Thursday that Shuumbwa cannot succeed her father, cautioning local newspapers to “stop being used to mislead the nation”.
Media reports suggested recently that the villagers from Onamungundo, Ondonga and Onethindi were accusing Ondonga queen Cecilia Elifas of grabbing their land and sowing division and that she had become too powerful, and had fired senior councillors, which is contrary to the traditional authority regulations.
Katrina who is married to prominent businessman David Sheehama David of Kambwa Trading wrote on her Facebook wall after a report that said Shuumbwa was likely to be King Elifas’ successor.
“Shuumbwa is not my father’s successor period! Agency and newspapers stop being used to mislead the nation by cowards that are failures now want to become kings overnight. Ooh and who the F**K is OTA (Ondonga Traditional Authority)…? Every day is just OTA and no names mentioned. Swallow that! Oooh my mom is at home whoever is mandated go there and don’t forget your weapon (newspapers) or you scared of her (sic),” she said.
Lahja Kandongo a royal family member commented on the post cautioning the princess against taking things ‘too far’.
“Are you now the king of Ondonga or member of the royal family to decide who should succeed the king and who not? Nokutukagula aakuluntu (insulting elders) … you can speak for your mother but do it civilly. Respect is earned not forced. There will be a time when we the Royal Family will be tired of your “childish” rhetorics. Don’t poke in holes if you don’t have weapon to fend off what coming out (sic),” she said adding that Katrina should not use media or social media to widen the cracks that started appearing about 12 years ago.
Speaking to Confidente on Monday, an unrelenting Katrina said her father never appointed Shuumbwa to be his successor but only as his personal assistant.
“My father never appointed Shuumbwa. He appointed someone to replace him and such appointments are not done publicly,” said Katrina who refused to mention the name of King Elifas’ successor, as it will apparently incite confusion and tension within the royal family.
She also denounced reports that her mother is powerful and is involved in traditional affairs. “My mother never involved herself in their affairs. She doesn’t attend OTA events. How can she influence decisions?” she queried.
She also refuted claims that the queen has been grabbing land and telling the villagers that she was ordered by the King to evict them because the land belongs to the King.
“Whose land was taken? Why didn’t they go to the senior councillors or headmen? These people should stop using my mother’s name in their nonsensical stories,” she said.
According to those in the know the succession scuffle has now split three ways; a development from the two sides of the Ndonga royal family which have been fighting over the succession issue.
The two sides are the Epale linage, which currently occupies the throne and to which the king belongs, and the Onethika linage that is supposed to take over from Elifas. The cracks started appearing when King Elifas announced in 2002 that he had chosen great nephew Shuumbwa Nangolo as king designate.
Secretary of the Ondonga Traditional Authority, Joseph Asino, Tuesday refused to go into detail save to say the OTA had already pronounced itself on who would succeed the King.
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