Councillor causes commotion at commemoration

06 Oct 2013 08:10
OZOMBUZOVINDIMBA, 06 OCT (NAMPA) - The Councillor for the Otjinene Constituency, Adolphus Kangootui caused a commotion at this weekend’s commemoration at Ozombuzovindimba - the site where the erstwhile commander of the German colonial forces issued his infamous extermination order.
Kangootui was arrested and briefly held at the Otjinene Police Station for questioning after he caused some damage to a structure at the newly-built cultural and heritage centre on Saturday.
According to sources at the commemoration venue, Kangootui hurled a rock at the glass entrance of a hut built to cater for the accommodation of traditional priests, without any prior provocation.
An angry Kangootui apparently felt left out of the organisation of the event and decided to vent his anger.
In the process, he cracked the glass door, which will now have to be replaced.
Kangootui, who has since been released on a warning from the police, returned to the commemoration venue on Sunday and commemorated the day with the rest of the members of the OvaHerero and OvaMbanderu communities who had converged at the venue.
He however refused to speak to Nampa when approached for comment, although he did not deny the incident.
Many in Otjinene have raised concern about the alleged unacceptable behaviour of the councillor, as it is apparently not the first time he has caused public disturbance.
“We were shocked to see the councillor throwing a rock at the glass door. It came out of nowhere; one moment he was greeting people casually and the next moment people had to restrain him from causing further damage to the hut,” said a source close to the organising committee responsible for the weekend’s event.
Kangootui was not charged, as no one pressed charges against him.
The OvaHerero and OvaMbanderu communities this weekend held the second commemoration of the return of their erstwhile ancestors’ skulls from Germany. The event coincided with the annual commemoration of the extermination order against the communities issued by then Commander of the German Imperial Forces, General Lothar von Trotha.
The extermination order, issued on 12 October 1904, led to the death of between 65 000 and 80 000 OvaHerero and Nama people who were either killed in subsequent battles, or died of thirst and starvation as they were driven into the arid Omaheke desert.