Security measures to be taken to protect new statues

25 Mar 2014 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 25 MAR (NAMPA) – In view of a potential lawsuit by groups who want the Reiterdenkmal statue reinstated, Government will put security measures in place to protect the Genocide Memorial and Sam Nujoma statues.
The Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture Jerry Ekandjo said during discussions on the national budget for the 2014/15 financial year in the National Assembly (NA) on Monday that after Government was threatened that measures will be taken to reinstate the Reiterdenkmal statue, the government saw the need to put security measures in place to protect the monuments.
He, however, did not want to reveal details on the security measures to be taken.
Three German organisations are threatening to sue the Namibian government over the removal of the Reiterdenkmal statue in February this year.
They also said the Namibian government risks the demolishing of anything built on the place where the Reiterdenkmal was to cater for the reinstatement of the Reiterdenkmal.
The Kriegsgräberfürsorge, the Traditionsverband ehemaliger Schutz- und Überseetruppen and the Memorable Order of the Tinheads group, through local law firm Andreas Vaatz and Partners, have said they will do all things necessary, including legal proceedings in the High Court of Namibia, to secure the reinstatement of the Reiterdenkmal to exactly the same place where it was removed from.
A letter from Andreas Vaatz and Partners dated 21 February 2014 addressed to the Ministry of Works and Transport said the groups are in the process of investigating the circumstances surrounding the events of the removal of the Reiterdenkmal on 23 December last year.
The Namibian cabinet decided in 2012 to remove the Reiterdenkmal as it had lost its historical significance and importance after Namibia gained independence.
The Reiterdenkmal was replaced with the Genocide Memorial and a statue of former Namibian president Sam Nujoma, and these were unveiled by President Hifikepunye Pohamba at the new Independence Memorial Museum, a stone’s throw away from the Alte Feste Museum, which currently houses the Reiterdenkmal in its courtyard.