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We only have one queen – Ongandjera chief


ONGANDJERA chief Johannes Mupiya on Monday said the kingdom does not have a male queen, but only has one queen, his wife, Queen Adelheid Mupiya.

In a social media video clip, former Mr Gay Namibia Wendelinus Hamutenya is heard referring to herself as the queen of Ongandjera, because she is married to a man from Ongandjera, Jeremia Emmanuel.

This has angered some Ngandjera-speaking people, calling on Hamutenya to stop referring to herself as the queen of the kingdom.

“We only have one queen, and she is in the house . . . We only have one queen,” Mupiya said.

Ongandjera spokesperson Sakeus Shangula this week said the traditional authority does not have a problem with Hamutenya calling herself the queen of the Ongandjera.

“We have seen his video clips on social media, but we don’t have a problem with what he says. Perhaps you should call the queen herself for her opinion,” Shangula said.

Contacted for comment yesterday, Hamutenya said when she refers to herself as the queen of Ongandjera, it does not mean she wants to take over from Mupiya’s wife.

“When I say that, it does not cause anyone harm. When you become a social influencer or a famous person you always come up with a name that is more attractive. The name that people can be able to call you, like how I call myself, meme Maria Omuyapuki (virgin Mary),” she said.

She also said had she wanted to, she could have called herself the first lady of Oukwanyama, but now that she is based at Ongandjera she is referring to herself as the queen or the first lady of Ongandjera.

“I am the first gay person to openly speak about my sexual orientation,” she added.

She said those who are not happy with gay people should understand that gay people are born in every society in the world.

“They are all ages and races, they are doctors and teachers – whether we acknowledge it or not, they are our families, friends and neighbours.

“Being gay is not a Western invention, it’s a human reality. People should understand the fundamental human rights and freedom as provided for in the Constitution of Namibia. So, what is between my legs is not what defines who I am,” she said.

She also applauded the Ongandjera Traditional Authority for not having a problem with her calling herself the queen of the Ongandjera.





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