Weapons prohibited at Rukoro coronation

OKAHANDJA: The Secretary-General of the OvaHerero Traditional Authority (OTA) says no weapons will be allowed at the traditional installation ceremony of the OvaHerero Paramount Chief, Advocate Vekuii Rukoro in Okahandja.

“Security is tight and police officers are all over. Weapons are not allowed. Bring along small special knives which we all know people will use here to eat meat. But guns, pangas or any other types of sharp objects are prohibited,” Gerson Katjimune said.

Katjimune told Nampa in an interview at Okahandja on Friday the coronation will be a peaceful event, hence the ban on weapons of any kind at Commando number one at Okahandja, where the event is taking place.

He further noted that all arrangements for the coronation are underway as planned, and the central organising committee is satisfied with the event’s organisation so far. On Friday, guests could be seen erecting tents for accommodation, while horse riding, traditional marching and dances were taking place.

The overall logistics officer for the event, Abia Mberijandja told this news agency a number of activities were scheduled for Friday.

He said the majority of the local guests had already arrived at the site by midday Friday, while more guests were expected from Botswana and South Africa.

“Other Herero-speaking guests from the United States of America arrived on Thursday,” Mberijandja noted.

Chief Rukoro was set to arrive on Friday evening to welcome all traditional leaders and chiefs at the Andreas Kukuri Conference Centre in town.

Mberijandja said traditional leaders from Otjiwarongo, Gam, and Okakarara in the Otjozondjupa Region; as well as those from Aminius, Epukiro and Otjombinde in the Omaheke Region also arrived on Friday.

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

Rukoro was elected by various traditional councillors under the OvaHerero Traditional Council at Ehungiro in Otjinene in September 2014.

His official traditional installation takes place on Saturday morning at Okahandja.