OTA leadership assistance needed in repatriation effort

18 Jan 2018 08:10am
WINDHOEK, 18 JAN (NAMPA) - Support from the Ovaherero Traditional Authority (OTA) is needed to accelerate the repatriation of Ovaherero people from Botswana, Chief Alex Kavei from Gam has said.
Kavei’s sentiments come after John Vatjiukua Veiue, a Ovaherero who was repatriated from Botswana to Namibia, during a mass prayer session on Saturday at Okahandja urged OTA leader, Vekuii Rukoro, to support the intended repatriation of more than 4 000 remaining Ovaherero and Ovambanderu people from Botswana to Namibia.
Both Kavei and Veiue told Nampa that the support the first group of repatriated Ovaherero received from the late Chief Kuaima Riruako made it possible for them to be repatriated.
Kavei attributed the delay in the recent repatriation intention to the “politicisation” of the issue.
“The entire repatriation process should be driven by the traditional leader who will be putting pressure on the governments to accelerate the process like our late paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako did,” Kavei told Nampa.
Riruako, according to Veiue, looked for funds to repatriate the previous group when the Namibian Government was struggling with funds to execute the repatriation process, which according to him, is the same response from the Namibian Government recently.
In response, Rukoro told Nampa on Tuesday that he is aware of the situation and the need for such support.
“We are working on this very problem but there are a few bottlenecks within our own government,” Rukoro said.
Between 1904 and 1908 large numbers of Ovaherero, Ovambanderu and Nama people fled the then German South West Africa to Botswana to escape the German colonial troops, who were acting on an extermination order from General Lothar von Trotha.
Many now live in villages such as Tsau, Semboyo, Makakung, Kareng, Bothatogo, Toteng, Sehithwa, Bodibeng, Komana and Chanoga, the Ngamiland district at large and centres such as Charleshill and Maun.