Kavango East in favour of National Genocide Remembrance Day
21 May 2017 16:00pm
RUNDU, 21 MAY (NAMPA) - The Kavango East Region supports the idea of 28 May being declared National Genocide Remembrance Day.
They also want monuments of heroes in the region who took part in the liberation struggle erected.
Swanu of Namibia president, Usutuaije Maamberua in April last year tabled a motion in the National Assembly to discuss, determine and declare the said date as the day to observe the genocide.
The date, 28 May 1908, is said to mark the release of Ovaherero and Nama victims who survived the war against the German colonial forces from 1904 to 1908, during which many were held in concentration camps.
The motion was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Constitution and Legal Affairs, to consult the regions on this motion.
A principal from Mbora Primary School, Ausiku Ausiku on Friday said he supports the idea as long as people from the two Kavango regions who participated in this event are remembered.
I would suggest that there be monuments here like in other regions depicting the people that took part in this event, he said.
Ausiku said this should be done so that when it comes to commemorating the public holiday, the meaning would be understood by the people of the region.
Local historian, Dr Shampapi Shiremo said although it is not recorded anywhere, the war for national resistance began from the Kavango region.
The parliamentary standing committee, led by Sebastian Karupu, said they needed evidence of this history to strengthen their case when debating at national level.