By Eliaser Ndeyanale
QUEEN Sesilia Ndapandula Elifas has come under scathing attack in court papers filed this week, purportedly by the Ondonga Traditional Authority, with a founding affidavit from suspended councillor John Walenga claiming that she is linked to cattle disappearing from the Onamungundo Royal Palace, and that she is remote-controlling King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas.
Walenga is also seeking a court order to have the king evaluated by two medical doctors, including a psychiatrist, “to determine his general state of physical, emotional and mental health”.
He is also seeking permission to approach the court for an order to declare the king unfit or incapable of managing his traditional and customary duties.
Walenga also makes the claims that the suspended secretary of the traditional authority, Josef Asino, reported that the livestock at the palace had “dissipated” (was slowly disappearing), and that the queen was responsible.
Walenga and Asino are among eight councillors who were suspended earlier this month, amid increasing allegations that the king is no longer in control, and that the queen is running the affairs of the traditional authority.
The other suspended councillors are Vilho Kamanya, Kashona Malulu, Joseph Akawa, Tonata Ngulu and Fillemon Nambili and Peter Kauluma.
In his affidavit, Walenga says that the queen has no right to interfere in the affairs of the traditional authority.
She is the first respondent in the court matter, while the second respondent is Namibian Police Inspector-General, Sebastian Ndeitunga, as police officers had instructed Asino to hand over the keys of the traditional authority office to a faction allegedly led by the queen.
“Significantly, the respondent (the queen) had played no role in prior years, when the general state of the health of the king was excellent.
“However, now that the health of the king has worsened, the first respondent involves herself in the affairs of the authority. None of the previous queens had ever acted in a manner similar to the first respondent and none had ever interfered into the affairs of the traditional authority,” Walenga said.
He further alleges that the king has no access to the councillors, who are supposed to advise him.
“In any event, it is considered taboo in the Ondonga tradition and customs for the queen to interfere or be consulted in the affairs of the authority.”
Walenga also alleges that the king suffers from memory loss.
“Sometimes when the king expresses himself, he would constantly repeat words, which are out of context and meaningless. He would sometimes greet, by merely shaking hands, without saying a word. He rarely recognises people. For the most part, he is absentminded.”
It was reported last week by Confidente that King Elifas had allegedly denounced his successor, Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo, who was previously declared king-designate.
Nangolo is reportedly supported by the suspended councillors.
In a letter dated 13 April, the same day as the suspension of the eight councillors, King Elifas revoked 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 allegedly wrote.
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