Red Flag sees hundreds attend

23 July 2019 | Cultural

Chief Sam Kambazembi of the Kambazembi Royal House on Sunday called on fellow Ovaherero people to work hand in hand with other tribes in order to build unity between all Namibian people.

Speaking in Okahandja on Sunday at the Red Flag (Otjiserandu) commemoration, Kambazembi said it is not a mistake that Ovaherero are living in Namibia with other tribes.

“It is not by accident that we are living in Namibia with each other, but is rather a blessing for Ovaherero people,” he said.

He said the Ovaherero people should be patient and learn to live with other tribes, adding that they should not separate themselves from other Namibian tribes although they are not part of them.

He said the independence the country is enjoying is for all Namibians and no other independence is coming for Ovaherero people.

Kambazembi added that if there are misunderstandings between tribes, then the tribe leaders should come together and find a common solution to the problem.

“If we differ at some point, our leaders should come together and see a common destiny for our followers,” he said.

The Red Flag commemoration is an annual event for the Ovaherero people to pay tribute to the fallen heroes and heroines of the Ovaherero.

This year's event saw the attendance of people from all corners of Namibia as well as from Botswana and South Africa.

At the same commemoration, Ovaherero Paramount Chief, Vekuii Rukoro unveiled the tombstone of his predecessor, Dr Kuaima Riruako.

The Ovaherero community marched through the streets of Okahandja to the cemetery, where former Ovaherero leaders are buried and Rukoro unveiled the late paramount chief's tombstone.

Chiefs Riruako, Hosea Kutako and Clemens Kapuuo are among those buried at the Ovaherero heroes' cemetery.

Rukoro took over the Ovaherero Traditional Authority's leadership in 2014, following Riruako's death.

The formal event of Red Flag Day was held on Sunday at Commando Number 1 in Okahandja, where Rukoro and other Ovaherero leaders addressed the community members who gathered in their hundreds from different parts of Namibia.

NAMPA

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