Preparations for commemoration of battle of Otjunda underway

13 Jun 2019 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 13 JUN (NAMPA) – Preparations are underway for the 123rd commemoration of the battle of Otjunda in Okahandja this weekend.
The three-day commemoration starts Friday and will take place at the Ovambanderu commando in Okahandja.
Organising committee member, general lieutenant Kapanda Marenga told Nampa this week Commando 4 is busy with the necessary arrangements as host commando.
The battle of Otjunda culminated in the execution of Chief Kahimemua Nguvauva by the German Schutztruppe at Okahandja on 11 June 1896.
The chief, also known as Hiakungairi, was captured and tortured at Kalkfontein and taken by the German forces as prisoner to Okahandja, where he was executed by a firing squad.
“Exercises for the drill and other traditional activities started last week and this is the situation at all Ovambanderu commandos countrywide,” Marenga said.
The organiser urged young people to attend the event, saying they are also honouring the first Namibian to resist colonial forces and the dispossession of ancestral land.
“Our youth must come in large numbers to learn, especially about the issue of ancestral land. The youth should take the issue of ancestral land seriously because it is where their parents came from,” Marenga said.
Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga has been invited to attend.
Ovambanderu descendants from Botswana are also expected to travel to Namibia to pay their respects.