OTJIWARONGO: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) today issued an urgent order calling off the Red Flag Commemoration event which was set to take place at Okahandja this weekend, citing security reasons.
The Red Flag Commemoration was supposed to take place in Okahandja in the Otjozondjupa Region from tomorrow until Sunday.
A letter signed by NamPol Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga and addressed to NamPol’s Otjozondjupa Regional Deputy Commander, Deputy Commissioner Gerhard Uataurua Mavenjono ordered that police officers be deployed and that it be ensured that the event does not take place.
The decision to call off the annual event follows a meeting on Tuesday by the police with the two rival Herero groups that were set to attend the commemoration this weekend to discuss security measures that would have had to be put in place to avoid possible clashes.
The main disagreement between the two groups is the location of the holy fire at the Red Flag Commando Grounds in Okahandja, which a faction of the Herero community under the instruction of Paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako allegedly relocated to a place where it now faces the sunset.
The Maharero Royal House, supported by members of the Technical Committee of the OvaHerero/OvaMbanderu Council on the 1904 Genocide (OCD-1904), insists that the holy fire should face the sunrise (east), as it has done for the 88 years.