From Red Flag in Okahandja to Omugulugwombashe

18 Aug 2013 12:10
WINDHOEK, 18 AUG (NAMPA) - The OvaHerero Paramount Chief, Kuaima Riruako has called on all Otjiherero-speaking people to attend the commemoration of Heroes Day which will take place at Omugulugwombashe in the Omusati Region next week.
This is the first time the Paramount Chief instructs his people to attend the national Heroes Day event in unison.
This weekend, thousands of members of the OvaHerero community gathered at Okahandja to attend the Red Flag commemoration event.
Red Flag Day is commemorated annually at Okahandja on 26 August. The event sees the OvaHerero people gather to commemorate their deceased chiefs.
The day is significant for the OvaHerero as on that day, OvaHerero Chief Samuel Maharero's body was reburied alongside his ancestors at Okahandja in 1923.
The secretary of the Red Flag Association, Bethuel Katjimune told Nampa on Friday the OvaHerero Paramount Chief last week urged all Otjiherero-speaking people to attend the Heroes Day event.
He said Riruako and OvaMbanderu Traditional Authority Chief Aletta Nguvauva will this year attend the Heroes Day event and asked that all OvaHerero people attend the event in big numbers.
“From Okahandja we go straight to the Omusati Region to commemorate our national heroes there. We will take our troops to Omugulugwombashe and if transport is available, we will also take along our horses,” said Katjimune.
This year, Heroes Day will take place at Omugulugwombashe in the Omusati Region. Last year’s Heroes’ Day activities took place at Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region.
Senegalese president Macky Sall will attend this year’s commemoration, as he will be in the country during that period.
The commemoration will be preceded by a workshop titled 'Ohungi' on 25 August, where President Hifikepunye Pohamba, founding President Sam Nujoma, veteran politician Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, Professor Mburumba Kerina and many others will share their experiences on the founding of the Swapo-Party and the struggle for national liberation.
The day will also see the amended constitution of the Swapo-Party being launched at Omugulugwombashe, and a statue of former President Nujoma will be unveiled during the same occasion.
The official programme of the 2013 Heroes’ Day commemoration will commence immediately after the official launch of the amended party constitution.
As is tradition, Pohamba is expected to deliver the keynote address during the event, which is recognised by the United Nations (UN) as ‘Namibia Day’.
This day was designated as such because it was on 26 August 1966 when colonial South African troops attacked the Swapo military base at Omugulugwombashe, forcing pioneer PLAN (People’s Liberation Army of Namibia) fighters to fight heroically to repel the attack.
Heroes’ Day commemorations are also a time when national honours are bestowed on some deserving Namibians.