Rukoro officially coronated as OvaHerero Paramount Chief

OKAHANDJA: Advocate Vekuii Rukoro was on Saturday officially coronated as Paramount Chief of the OvaHerero community.

OvaHerero holly fire traditional commander, Abisai Mungendje led the ceremony at the Okahandja Commando number one in the Otjozondjupa Region.

The event was well attended in a peaceful mood.

The 61-year-old Rukoro succeeds late Chief Kuaima Riruako, who died in Windhoek on 02 June 2014 after a short illness at the age of 79.

Rukoro was unanimously elected by various traditional councillors under the OvaHerero Traditional Council at Ehungiro in the Otjinene constituency, as the rightful successor of Chief Riruako in September 2014.

He follows in the footsteps of other chiefs and figures of Namibia’s colonial history, like Hosea Kutako and Samuel Maharero.

After Rukoro accepted his chieftaincy position on Saturday, he walked around waving his right hand proudly to greet the general public who gathered at Okahandja.

Rukoro promised to fight for the socio-economic improvement of all OvaHerero people in Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, United States of America (USA) and United Kingdom (UK).

Several traditional leaders and Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi congratulated Rukoro on the new post, wishing him good health and leadership.

Katjavivi urged the new paramount chief to exercise patience during his reign and apply good listening and analytical skills for him to successfully walk in the footsteps of his predecessors.

“I am saying these things not because you don’t know them but to remind you that the shoes you are putting on now are the ones of giants like the late chiefs Hosea Kutako, Clemens Kapuuo and Dr Kuaima Riruako,” Katjavivi said.