UPDATE: No Red Flag commemoration this year

25 Aug 2016 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 25 AUG (NAMPA) - Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa has withdrawn permission granted to the Maharero Royal House Traditional Authority to commemorate Red Flag Day on Friday on Erf 1755 in Okahandja.
This was announced by Attorney-General Sakeus Shangala Thursday afternoon in a letter addressed to the Maharero Royal House and OvaHerero Traditional Authority (OTA).
The land in dispute is used for annual commemorations of Red Flag Day, which is geared towards paying tribute to fallen heroes and heroines of OvaHerero descent.
The OTA claims to be the rightful owner of the said land, and was unhappy that Shaningwa granted the Maharero Royal House permission to use it for its commemorations.
The OTA then lodged an urgent court application.
Shangala said in the letter seen by Nampa that procedures should be followed ahead of the any commemoration.
“Secondly, as discussed with yourselves (directly or through your proxies), in terms of the existing court settlement, there are procedures which ought to be observed for parties to commemorate events. It is my understanding that since some or all have not observed such procedures (although this is disputed), both traditional authorities of the Maharero Royal House and the Ovaherero Traditional Authority will not be commemorating any activities this year,” he said.
Shangala added that they will engage next week to determine how to put the matter of the Kommando grounds and structure to rest, for the use of all parties, today and tomorrow.