Security Measures to Be Taken to Protect New Statues

IN VIEW of a potential lawsuit by groups who want the Reiterdenkmal statue reinstated, the Government will put security measures in place to protect the Genocide Memorial and Sam Nujoma statues.

The Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Jerry Ekandjo, said during discussions on the national budget for the 201415 financial year in the National Assembly (NA) on Monday that after government was threatened that measures will be taken to reinstate the Reiterdenkmal, the Government saw the need to put security measures in place to protect the monuments.

He, however, did not want to reveal details on the security measures to be taken.

Three German organisations are threatening to sue the government over the removal of the Reiterdenkmal.

They also said the Government risks the demolishing of anything built on the site where the Reiterdenkmal was removed to make way for its eventual reinstatement.

The Kriegsgraumlberfuumlrsorge, the Traditionsverband ehemaliger Schutz- und Uumlberseetruppen and the Memorable Order of the Tinheads group, through local law firm Andreas Vaatz and Partners, have said they will do all things necessary, including legal proceedings in the High Court of Namibia, to secure the reinstatement of the Reiterdenkmal to the same spot it was removed.

A letter from Andreas Vaatz and Partners dated 21 February 2014 addressed to the Ministry of Works and Transport said the groups are in the process of investigating the circumstances surrounding the events of the removal of the Reiterdenkmal on 23 December last year.

Cabinet decided in 2012 to remove the Reiterdenkmal as it had lost its historical significance and importance after Namibia gained independence.

The Reiterdenkmal was replaced with the Genocide Memorial and a statue of former president Sam Nujoma, and these were unveiled by President Hifikepunye Pohamba at the new Independence Memorial Museum, a stone’s throw from the Alte Feste Museum, which currently houses the Reiterdenkmal in its courtyard.


Source : The Namibian