Zeraeua Royal House installs Rafael Kapia as successor.
10 Sep 2012
A group led by Tjipepa and Kapia descendants, who claim to be the rightful heir to the Zeraeua Royal House, has installed Rafael Kapia as successor.
This follows the coronation of Manasse Meundju Zeraeua, the son of the late Chief Christian Eerike Zeraeua, as the new leader by another faction on Friday.
The Tjipepa and Kapia groups argued that the will of the late Chief Zeraeua allowed the appointment of Kapia as the suitable candidate to lead the Zeraeua Royal House in terms of its patriarchal lineage.
Herero Chief Kuaima Riruako urged the new chief to be strong in leading his people in accordance with traditional customs and norms.
However, some speakers condemned and accused the government of meddling in traditional matters, alleging that it was only siding with leaders belonging to the ruling party.
Riruako promised to table a motion in the National Assembly when it resumes on Tuesday to amend the Traditional Authority Act.
One of the organisers, Manfred Rukoro, warned Government that it would later regret if it continued mishandling traditional matters.
Contacted for comment, Regional and Local Government Minister Jerry Ekandjo asked to be sent questions for him to respond.