20 March 2018

Namibia: Ovambanderu Council Unveiled

Queen Aletta Nguvauva yesterday unveiled a new insignia and name for her faction of the Ovambanderu Traditional Authority.

The faction, to be officially known as the council, will keep the original flag colours of white, green and black.

This move is an attempt by the Aletta Nguvauva faction to set itself apart from that of former deputy works minister Kilus Nguvauva.

The new flag's colour alignment has been changed, not only regarding shape, but also to include the former chiefs of the authority.

Their initials are listed on the flag from the old chief to the youngest, namely Nguvauva, Munjuku, Kahimemua, Hiatuvao (NMKHMP), ending with a photo of the late Keharanjo Nguvauva.

The last two letters stand for "Mukuru Punaete", which means God with us.

The new logo consists of a cattle kraal, traditional house made of mud and grass thatch, a calabash and Ehoro.

This logo, which has three words "Ombazu, Owatjiri and Ondikameno", will be used on council's official letters and events, master of ceremonies Edwin Tjiramba said.

Tjiramba also said the re-branding had been long coming, with consultations having been completed last year for the logo and flag colour arrangement. Nguvauva, who gave the keynote address, said the flag unveiling emphasises the Ovambanderu community's link to its past as it deals with the realities of today. She said the community now has to set its focus on the future. "More importantly, this flag will also serve as a sign of our liberation from the squabbles of the present as we chart a new course for the future of this community," she said.

Nguvauva said Keharanjo Nguvauva's commemoration would be held from 30 March to 1 April 2018.

Well-wishers from various houses such as the Hoveka Royal House and others congratulated the council on its re-branding. The death of Munjuku Nguvauva II in 2008 triggered the tussle for leadership between Kilus and Keharanjo, who later died in 2011.

Queen Aletta then rose to take over the position left vacant by the death of her son Keharanjo with the support of a faction of the Ovambanderu, even though she lost her claim in court, as well as appeals that followed the High Court decision.

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