14 February 2013

Namibia: Uukwangali Deny Corruption Allegations

The Uukwangali Traditional Authority (UTA) has denied allegation of corruption, as alleged by a group called the Uukwangali Traditional-Anti-corruption Advisors (UTACA).

"The fact and the truth is that, those people are not representing UTA residents, they are members of an illegal, self-righteous and interfering gang," said UTA chairperson Joseph Kandjimi, in a media statement this week.

Kandjimi further said the leaders of the UTACA are people who have been expelled from the UTA due to unbecoming behaviour, disobedience and insubordination to Chief Sitentu Mpasi, and their lack of performance. He said it is not true that all trusted and 'elected' traditional councillors were dismissed as alleged, adding that none of the traditional councillors were elected, but they have been appointed by the chief since independence.

"It is obvious that they are bitter to their dead end for that. They try everything, as long as they live to destroy the UTA by character assassination," Kandjimi said. "The UTA, as expressed on many occassions before, is fully supportive of President Hifikepunye Pohamba's initiative of appointing the Anti-Corruption Commission. UTA will always co-operate and assist ACC activities. If UTACA wants to do the same, please let them legally join the ACC (sic)," Kandjimi concluded.

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