OMARURU: Hundreds of Ovaherero people flocked on Saturday evening to the Commandos site to start off the two-day commemoration of the White Flag Day in honour of the fallen heroes against colonialism.
The Commemoration Day started off for the first time without the Chief Christian Eeerike Zereaeaua of the Zeraeua Traditional Authority who passed away early this year.
After his death, tension and animosity mounted among the community after the installation of two chiefs, one being his son Manasse Zeraeua and other one his nephew Raphael Kapia.
The two rival chief were installed two months ago, claiming that they are the right heirs of throne.
On Saturday, the absence of the Kapia’s followers was an indication of how deep is the white flag community is divided, even in the sake of honouring heroes who sacrificed their lives against the German settlers.
Although, the site was packed, only Manasse’s followers turned up, while Kapia’s followers backed off as they were not featuring in the program.
Many police officers were seen at the event and around Omaruru town ready to mantain law and order during the event.
The program kicked off with horse-riders receiving the guests and marches by troupes from various Commandos.
The traditional dances and sings followed and entertained the community throughout the eve of the commemoration of the White Flags.
In attendance, were DTA of Namibia President Katuutire Kaura, Swapo Party Secretary General Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, government officials, traditional leaders, among others.
The Saturday’s program start at around 7h00 with the departure to the graveyards to pay tribute to fallen heroes and unveiling of the tombstone of the late Zeraeua.
At 14h00, the people will proceeds to the Commandos site to listen to speeches from different people.
Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing and Rural Development Jerry Ekandjo is expected to give the keynotes address.
(edited)OMARURU; Hundreds of OvaHerero people flocked to the commando site here on Saturday evening for the start of the commemoration of White Flag Day, which honours fallen heroes in the war against colonialism.
The commemoration is taking place without the presence of Chief Christian Eerike Zeraeua of the Zeraeua Traditional Authority, who passed away early this year.
After his death, tension and animosity mounted amongst community members after the installation of two chiefs as successors by rival groups – one being the late chief’s son Manasse Zeraeua and the other, his nephew Raphael Kapia.
Both men claim to be the rightful heirs of the Zeraeua Royal House throne.
Fears existed before the weekend that conflict could arise between the two rival groups, with both taking issue with the possible leading of the annual event’s proceedings by the other group.
None of Kapia’s followers have however turned up for the commemoration, and although the site was packed, only Zeraeua’s followers had turned up event. Their absence at the event honouring the OvaHerero community’s heroes was an indication of just how deeply this community is divided.
Kapia’s followers also do not feature on the programme of the two-day commemoration event.
Police presence was heavy at the site and elsewhere around Omaruru as members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) stood ready to maintain law and order during the White Flag Day proceedings.
The programme on Saturday kicked off with horse-riders receiving the guests and marches by troupes from various commandos.
Traditional dances and singing followed on the eve of the official White Flag commemoration.
In attendance were DTA of Namibia President Katuutire Kaura, Swapo-Party Secretary General Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, government officials, and traditional leaders, amongst others.
Sunday’s programme started at around 07h00 with a tribute to the fallen heroes and the unveiling of the late Zeraeua’s tombstone at the graveyard here.
At 14h00, attendees proceed to the commando site where speeches will be delivered by a number of speakers.
Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Jerry Ekandjo is expected to deliver the keynotes address.