Two Ovaherero groups at each other's throats over land

23 Aug 2019 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 23 AUG (NAMPA) – The Ovaherero Traditional Authority (OTA) and the OtjikaTjamuaha Royal House (Red Flag Regiment) were at each other’s throats on Thursday after the latter “illegally” occupied Erf 1755 which is allegedly owned by the OTA.
It is alleged that members of the OtjikaTjamuaha Royal House made way into the premises by cutting open the fence of the property belonging to the OTA to commemorate the Red Flag Day in remembrance of Chief Samuel Maharero whose remains were repatriated from Botswana on 23 August 1923.
While on the property, the group and their Chief, Tjinaani Maharero were allegedly attacked by assailants from the OTA with knob-kieries during a violent confrontation which erupted between them.
The OTA group demanded that the other group to vacates its premises.
When Nampa arrived in Okahandja around 18h30, the confrontation which was intervened by the Namibian Police (NamPol)’s Special Field Force had been dissolved.
Meanwhile, leaders of the OtjikaTjamuaha Royal House were in a closed-door meeting with the police which their counterparts refused to attend, as they felt undermined.
Speaking to Nampa, Brigadier David Tjiposa of the OTA indicated that they were ready to die for their land.
“This is our land. As you can see our fence was vandalised by the other group. That is a clear sign of disregard and disrespect. We cannot let other people walk over us,” he fumed.
Shortly after the meeting, both the OtjikaTjamuaha group and the NamPol leadership declined to comment when approached by Nampa.
The OTA and the OtjikaTjamuaha Royal House have held the Otjiserandu or Red Flag Day separately over the last few years due to the deepening rift between them.
Indications are that the OtjikaTjamuaha faction will continue their commemoration as planned in Okahandja this weekend.