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Herero community members gather at Gam to commemorate their repatriation from Botswana

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Nearly 700 Herero community members from across the country are gathered at Gam in the Tsumkwe Constituency where they are commemorating their repatriation from Botswana, where their forefathers fled to during the German and Herero war of resistance in…

Nearly 700 Herero community members from across the country are gathered at Gam in the Tsumkwe Constituency where they are commemorating their repatriation from Botswana, where their forefathers fled to during the German and Herero war of resistance in 1908.

More than 200 Hereros who are descendants of the Herero warriors who fought in the German-Herero war in 1904 to 1908, were the first people to be repatriated to Namibia from Botswana in 1993.

The Herero warrior group and their family members who were led by Chief Samuel Maharero during the outbreak of the German-Herero war, crossed over to Botswana during 1908 when the war intensified inside Namibia.

Some of these descendants are still living in Botswana, while some in 1993 were repatriated to Namibia from Botswana, and were officially resettled at Gam on 28 April 1993.

“Each year we always come together here to remember 28 April 1993, the day we were officially returned to our motherland, Namibia,” said Samuel Maharero from the Maharero Royal Traditional Authority.

Maharero told Nampa in an interview on Saturday that Chief Tjinani Maharero and several other historians were listed on the programme to deliver speeches at their event.

Another group of about 400 Herero people also gathered at Gam under a tree to commemorate this same event and the group is led by the OvaHerero Paramount Chief, Vekuii Rukoro.

Speaking on their behalf, senior traditional councillor Hans Kandjii said their commemoration’s key speaker is Chief Rukoro together with other several traditional councillors who will tell their historical stories.

The events are not attended by any government officials including Otjozondjupa Region Governor James Uerikua. Tsumkwe Constituency councillor, Johannes Hausiku on Friday told this news agency that he was aware of the event, but had travelled to Rundu in the Kavango East Region.

Source: Namibia Press Agency