By Eliaser Ndeyanale
THE bitter battle engulfing the Ondonga Traditional Authority has intensified, with King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas denouncing his successor Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo, who was previously declared king-designate.
King Elifas last week suspended eight senior traditional councillors, including the traditional authority secretary Joseph Asino and Peter Kauluma, who served as the chairperson.
Other suspended councillors include John Walenga and Vilho Kamanya, Kashona Malulu, Joseph Akawa, Tonata Ngulu and Fillemon Nambili, pending an investigation into possible transgressions and misconduct.
Confidente has seen a copy of a letter, dated 13 April, the same day as the suspensions, in which King Elifas revokes all Nangolo’s previous appointments.
“Kindly note that after a thoroughly and wide consultation with elders of the royal family… and some selected senior members of the community, regarding the subject matters, I have decided to unequivocally revoke your previous appointment(s), dated 5 October 2002, as well as appointment letter dated 2 July 2012 and all subsequent or/ and previous related appointment(s) that I made orally, impliedly or otherwise, with immediate and upon recipient of this letter,” King Elifas wrote.
The king also stated he was advised he was acting in the interest of peace and a united Ondonga Royal family, as well as the community at large, its customs and in terms of the Traditional Authority Act 25 of 2000, by making the decision to revoke Nangolo’s appointments.
Asked if he had received the letter from the king, Nangolo laughed loudly before ending the phone call.
He did not answer any further calls and ignored text messages sent to him.
Co n f i d e n te reported last month that the infighting within the Ondonga Traditional Authority is driven by the succession battle.
The s u s pension of the eight senior councillors followed a court challenge last month to King Elifas’ rule, in which the councillors argued that he was old and ill, and thus incapable of sound decision-making.
They are also supporters of Nangolo as the king-designate.
Court papers also show that the suspended councillors wanted to stop Ester Gwashamba Nepando’s inauguration as senior traditional councillor for Uukwanambwa last Saturday. Gwashamba Nepando replaced Wilbard Lidker, who was fired in February.
The eight were ordered by King Elifas not to act on behalf of the traditional authority, until the disciplinary processes had been finalised.
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