Kutako's dwelling to become heritage site

11 October 2018 | History

The dwelling place of the late Ovaherero Paramount Chief Hosea Kutako will be declared a national heritage site following an order by President Hage Geingob this week.

The recognition Geingob said, was in honour of his contribution to Namibia's independence.

“The dwelling of Chief Hosea Kutako at Aminius should be declared a national heritage site. Furthermore the dwelling of the late chief should be renovated and a shrine in remembrance of his heroic role towards the Namibian struggle should be erected,” Geingob said.

The Omaheke Regional Council had in 2010 expressed its desire for Kutako's homestead in Aminuis to be declared a national heritage site.

Kutako was the leader of the Ovaherero from 1968 to 1970. Kutako is credited for forwarding petitions to the United Nations for Namibia's independence. The petitions eventually led to the UN recognising Namibia as a sovereign state.

In 2002, founding president Sam Nujoma credited Kutako for paving the way for Namibia's independence.

“Chief Hosea Komombumbi Kutako participated in the anti-colonial wars of 1904 as one of the leading commanders. He also played a historic and significant role in petitioning the United Nations demanding the placement of the then South West Africa under the United Nations trusteeship system. In this way, he played a major role in Namibia's struggle for freedom and independence. To his revolutionary spirit and his visionary memory we humbly offer our honour and respect.”

The primary airport which services the majority of Namibia's international connections has also been named in honour of Kutako as well as a major road which runs through Windhoek.

Geingob also ordered that the Okahandja cemetery be renovated. The cemetery holds the graves of Kutako, Samuel Maherero, Jan Jonker Afrikaner and Clemens Kapuuo amongst others.

“In the same vein the Okahandja cemetery should be renovated and key graves be upgraded to national monuments. A task team should be set up to identify a few historic shrines from communities who were dispossessed for construction of memorial sites,” Geingob said.