Legal wrangle between two rival OvaHerero factions over location of holy fire postponed

WINDHOEK: A legal wrangle between two rival OvaHerero factions over the location of the holy fire at the annual Okahandja Red Flag Day commemoration, was on Monday postponed to tomorrow.

The legal showdown was scheduled to kick-off before High Court Judge Shafimana Ueitele this morning at 10h00, but the hearing was ordered to stand down until tomorrow.

The matter was adjourned in order to allow the two parties involved in the dispute to sort out some pertinent outstanding issues before the matter can be heard in court.

The Red Flag Day commemoration is held annually at Okahandja, some 68 kilometres north of Windhoek, when thousands of OvaHerero gather at the town to pay homage to their fallen heroes and heroines.

According to papers presented before the High Court, a faction led by the Maharero Royal House Traditional Authority (the applicants) is asking the court to declare it as the only entity with the right to establish and maintain a holy fire at the Red Flag okomando site in Okahandja.

The respondents in the matter are the Red Flag Regiment and two other parties, which was led by late OvaHerero Paramount Chief Kauima Riruako.

Riruako died on 02 June this year and will be laid to rest at Okahandja this coming Sunday.