Members of OvaHerero,OvaMbanderu converge on Tsau to pay homage to their ancestors

TSAU: Members of the OvaHerero and OvaMbanderu communities in Namibia and Botswana converged on Tsau for the annual commemorations to pay homage to their fallen ancestors.

Tsau is a tiny village located some 145km west of Maun in Botswana’s Ngamiland district.

The commemorations were, however, marked by a dismal attendance, as many people who frequent the event on an annual basis, opted not to make the journey to Botswana this time around.

Many of the expected traditional leaders from Namibia and South Africa were also absent from the event, as well as hordes of OtjiHerero-speaking Batswana from neighbouring villages and towns.

The number of people was less than 300.

The weekend commemorations were the first gathering of the OvaHerero and OvaMbanderu after the death of OvaHerero Paramount Chief, Kuaima Riruako on 02 June this year after a long illness.

The glaring divide between the OtjikaTjamuaha Royal House and the OvaHerero Traditional Authority, which had been under Riruako’s leadership, is said to be a contributing factor to the mass stay-away of the community from the event.