Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Minister, Major-General Charles Namoloh was on Saturday officially installed as the headman of the Odibo village of the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority in the Ohangwena Region.
Chief George Nelulu, as the head of the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority’s Eudaneko District under which Odibo falls, officiated at the installation and handed Namoloh a copy of the Traditional Authorities’ Act.
He urged Namoloh to treat all his subjects equal and without discrimination.
Nelulu also called on Namoloh to lead Odibo villagers peacefully, and reminded him that Odibo needs a leader who is determined to restore the respect of traditional values and customs.
The village consists of 57 households and has two sub-traditional leaders.
It has been without a secretary since the death of its previous headman, Johannes Haikwiyu, on 12 December last year.
The then acting headman of Odibo, Adolf Kaluvi, told the installation gathering that there are 759 individual villagers in Odibo, but many of them dislike attending public meetings convened at the village for reasons only known to them.
Kaluvi is the headman of the Onengali village.
Nelulu indicated that he nominated Namoloh as headman shortly after the death of Haikwiyu, and nobody opposed his nomination.
In his acceptance speech, Namoloh appealed for all seasons’ cooperation and support from the villagers if he is to be successful in leading the community of Odibo.
“Traditional leaders normally come forth on onondje (walking stick), but mine is a eongamukonda (sword),” Namoloh jokingly told his audience, adding that Odibo needs to retain its lost status of producing leaders.
According to Namoloh, Namibia’s prominent freedom fighters such as Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo, Joel Kaapanda, Tulyaameni Kalomoh and Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah are some of the products of the St. Mary’s High School of the Anglican Church Mission at Odibo.
Odibo is situated a few kilometres east of the northern border post of Oshikango.