By Risco Lumamezi
Former Chief of the Mafwe tribe , Mr. Richard Temuso Muhinda has urged Katima Council to continue recognising people who played a pivotal role in building the nation at the time.
Mr.Muhinda expressed this when he was honoured with a street name in the town of Katima Mulilo last month.
Chief Mamili V who led the Mafwe tribe from 1972 – 1987 still remember that , though it was the time of apartheid at the time , him and his colleague the late chief of the Masubia , Joshua Mutwa Moralisawani worked closely with the colonial masters (former administrators) when they found Katima Mulilo Town.
“ I have to thank the current council of Katima Mulilo for recognising me and this is a token that will make a history” he said
The former chief of the Mafwe tribe, he is the beneficiary among the 15 people(VIPs) who were honoured with street names by KMTC who played and sacrificed their time and life during the liberation struggle of Namibia.
He also served as the first chief minister in the then Administration for Caprivians under the proclamation AG 8 of 1980.
However, Katima Council reversed its decision in renaming Chikamatondo Street to Mr. Muhinda (Chief Mamili V) than it was publicly announced earlier in naming him after Ňwanyi street which means a Fish Eagle in (siLozi)
The Katima Mulilo Local Authority honoured him with a street which stretches the western side of the old location Ngweze, one of the longest streets, his street connects the street of the current Namibian Prime Minister who is the 3rd Namibian President – elect Dr. Hage Geingob in the north west, which was previously called Imukusi Street, while in the south west it connects to Dr. Sam Nujoma Street formerly known as Malena street which commonly used to be the road drive for the two chiefs of the masubia and mafwe tribe at the time.
Mr. Muhinda was succeeded by his cousin brother Chief Boniface Bwimo Bebi Mamili VI in 1987, who ruled the Mafwe from 1987 -1998, thereafter he left the Caprivi to Botswana with his cousin brother Mishake Muyongo who both granted a political asylum now living in exile Denmark seeking for the independence of the Caprivi Strip.