Riruako commends Government for genocide statue

21 Mar 2014 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAR (NAMPA) - OvaHerero Paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako has commended Government for honouring Namibian heroes who were killed by German colonial forces more than 100 years ago.
Riruako however indicated that he will continue fighting and demanding reparations from the German government for the atrocities committed during the 1904 to 1908 genocide, when thousands of OvaHerero and Nama people lost their lives.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Independence Memorial museum and the unveiling of the Genocide Memorial and Sam Nujoma statues in Windhoek, Riruako said he will not rest until justice has been served.
He added that the new statues will go down in Namibian history.
“The Genocide Memorial statue is a reflection of the country’s ancestors’ courage, who did not give up their land and fought Germany tooth and nail, while the Nujoma statue is a symbol of how Namibians brought about independence after 23 years of the liberation struggle,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Riruako indicated that he was left out of discussions on plans for the construction of the Genocide Memorial statue.
He called on Government to be inclusive when deciding on issues related to the genocide.
“I am the initiator of the genocide issue and need to be consulted as genocide issues did not fall from heaven. I tabled the motion in Parliament for the erection of the genocide statue, genocide reparation and returning of the skulls,” he said.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba inaugurated the Independence Memorial Museum and unveiled the Genocide Memorial and Sam Nujoma statues in the capital on Thursday.
The event was witnessed by founding President Sam Nujoma, Cabinet Ministers, senior Government officials and members of the diplomatic corps.
Pohamba said the unveiling of the two statues and inauguration of the museum represent the collective will to honour the heroes and heroines from different epochs of Namibian history and represents a new era of constitutional preservation of the nation’s history.
He noted that Namibia’s liberation struggle was inspired by the bravery, heroism and patriotism of those who resisted German and other intruders.