Statue of Nujoma to be erected in Windhoek

26 Aug 2013 06:10
OUTAPI, 26 AUG (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Sunday said in addition to the statue of former President Sam Nujoma which was set to be unveiled at Omugulugwombashe on Monday, another statue of the founding president will be erected in Windhoek.
Although the Head of State did not elaborate much on when and where exactly in Windhoek the statue will be erected, he indicated that the statue of the ‘Reiterdenkmal’ statue situated near the Independence Memorial Museum in the capital must be removed.
The Reiterdenkmal statue was inaugurated on 27 January 1912, and erected in honour of soldiers and civilians who died on the German side in the 1904-1908 genocide.
“This monument is a symbol of victory on the side of the Germans. This monument means ‘we have defeated them’. The horse rider must be removed,” Pohamba stated, adding that Government would not have any objections if the statue is to be taken back to Germany.
“If they want to take it back to Germany it is also fine, we will not have any objections,” the President said.
Pohamba was speaking at the workshop titled 'Ohungi' on the eve of the Heroes’ Day commemoration where the President, Nujoma, Professor Mburumba Kerina and veteran Isak Thsoome shared their experiences with regards to the founding of Swapo and the struggle for national liberation.
Pohamba further addressed another contentious issue, saying “people have been saying” he is Nujoma’s puppet.
“Nujoma has been my leader. Nujoma is a man who was at the helm of the struggle for liberation, which brought about the independence of Namibia. Apart from the statue being unveiled at Omugulugwombashe on Monday, another Nujoma statue will be erected in Windhoek,” he reiterated.
During the Heroes Day commemoration at Omugulugwombashe on Monday, a statue of Nujoma was set to be unveiled in honour of the role he played during the liberation struggle.
Heroes 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 to repel the attack.
Heroes’ Day commemorations are also a time when national honours are bestowed on some deserving Namibians.